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Morphology of Chinese A Linguistic and Cognitive Approach

ISBN-10: 0521026105

ISBN-13: 9780521026109

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jerome L. Packard

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This ground breaking study dispels the common belief that Chinese doesnt have words but instead has characters. Jerome Packards book provides a comprehensive discussion of the linguistic and cognitive nature of Chinese words. It shows that Chinese, far from being morphologically impoverished, has a different morphological system because it selects different settings on parameters shared by all languages. The analysis of Chinese word formation therefore enhances our understanding of word universals. Packard describes the intimate relationship between words and their components, including how the identities of Chinese morphemes are word-driven, and offers new insights into the evolution of morphemes based on Chinese data. Models are offered for how Chinese words are stored in the mental lexicon and processed in natural speech, showing that much of what native speakers know about words occurs innately in the form of a hard-wired, specifically linguistic program in the brain.
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Book details

List price: $57.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction
Defining the word in Chinese
Chinese word components
Gestalt Chinese words
X-bar analysis of Chinese words
Lexicalization and Chinese words
Chinese words and the lexicon
Chinese words: conclusions
References
Index