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The Morphology of Chinese

A Linguistic and Cognitive Approach

The Morphology of Chinese by Jerome L. Packard
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This ground breaking study dispels the common belief that Chinese 'doesn't have words' but instead 'has characters'. Jerome Packard's 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.
Cambridge University Press; August 2000
353 pages; ISBN 9780511034190
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Title: The Morphology of Chinese
Author: Jerome L. Packard
 
ISBNs
0511034199
9780511034190
9780521771122