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Word and Wordhood, Premodern
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A word is classically defined as a “minimal free form”. The term, however, belongs to the most problematic ones in linguistics generally and it is often avoided because of  an inherent fuzziness, which is to a large extent also a consequence of this term’s originating in natural language. Although it is still at issue whether the notion of a word has been always alien to both the indigenous Chinese philological tradition and…

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Lukáš ZÁDRAPA, “Word and Wordhood, Premodern”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000459>
First published online: 2015

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