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Sìzì géyán 四字格言 (Four Character Maxims)
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1. What Is Sì zì géyán?

Sì zì géyán 四字格言 ‘four character maxim’ is a popular term for a certain type of expression; literally meaning ‘four-character aphorism’, it is itself formed by four characters. Since each character in Chinese corresponds to a syllable (Prosodic Morphology), ‘four-characters’ is naturally understood as f…

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Shengli FENG, “Sìzì géyán 四字格言 (Four Character Maxims)”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000389>
First published online: 2015

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