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Prosodic Morphology
(3,238 words)

Prosodic morphology studies the shapes and sizes of canonical words and affixation in a language. Although it is a new area in Chinese linguistics as well as in general linguistics, many prosodic morphological phenomena have been recognized starting a half century ago. Guō first pointed out the syllabic flexibility of Chinese vocabulary items in 1938, while Lǚ first recognized the morphosyntactic preferences between 2+1 and 1+2 syllabic patterns in 1963. For example, see (1).










píxié chǎng

*xié gōngchǎng     

píxié gōngchǎng



‘shoe factory’


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Shengli FENG, “Prosodic Morphology”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000344>
First published online: 2015

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