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Old Chinese Syntax: Basic Word Order
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This lemma summarizes the principle characteristics of Old Chinese word order from the late Spring and Autumn period to the end of the Warring States period (c. 6th-3rd centuries BCE), with special attention to those characteristics which differ noticeably from modern Chinese varieties. It also touches upon some changes which are in evidence in early Middle Chinese texts of the Hàn period.

1. Basic Word Order

Old Chinese had the same basic word order…

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Edith ALDRIDGE, “Old Chinese Syntax: Basic Word Order”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000307>
First published online: 2015

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