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Yě 也 in Classical Chinese
(3,536 words)

1. Definition

In its most general form, the syntactic function of 也 can be defined as that of a postposition (pspt) marking a noun phrase (np) acting as predicate (pred) in a main or subordinate clause.

2. Yě as Postpositional Predicate Marker in Nominal Sentences

The main type of sentence marked by is the "nominal sentence" (equational sente…

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Robert GASSMANN, “Yě 也 in Classical Chinese”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000471>
First published online: 2015

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