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Warring States to Medieval Chinese
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The period at issue is an important transitional period for the Chinese language; by its end, the basis of the grammar of Modern Chinese had been fully established. The substantial changes the Chinese language is subject to during this period affect all aspects of grammar, i.e., phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. This article is mainly confined to syntactic changes; changes in the phonology, the morphology and the lexicon are discussed in separate articles.

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Barbara MEISTERERNST, “Warring States to Medieval Chinese”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000445>
First published online: 2015

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