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Syllable Structure
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1. Introduction

In this article “Chinese” refers generally to all varieties and dialects. The boundaries of the syllable are fairly clear in Chinese. In most cases, each Chinese written graph, 字, represents a syllable and thus syllable boundaries are unambiguous in writing. In most cases, each morpheme also corresponds to a spoken syllable, wh…

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San DUANMU, “Syllable Structure”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000404>
First published online: 2015

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