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Yě 也 in Excavated Texts
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1. Introduction

也 (OC *lajʔ) is a highly frequent Old Chinese particle first appearing (sporadically) in excavated sources in the fifth century BCE and becoming widely used in fourth century excavated texts on bamboo strips. It follows, most prominently: nominal predicates (1)-(2) and nominal topics (3)-…

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Marco CABOARA, “Yě 也 in Excavated Texts”, 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_000236>
First published online: 2015

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