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A note on Mandarin Chinese wordhood
A note on Mandarin Chinese wordhood

Author(s): Henrietta Yang
Subject(s): Morphology, Syntax
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: morphology; wordhood; morphosyntactic word; subword; Mandarin Chinese;

Summary/Abstract: This study investigates the structural differences between the so-called de -modification, [Adj de N], and the so-called de -less modification, [Adj N], in Mandarin Chinese. I argue that the Adj’s followed by de are phrasal and have freer syntactic distribution. I further argue that the de -less modification should be analyzed as a morphosyntactic word (MWd) under the N head in the sense of Embick — Noyer (2001). This proposal accounts for the ordering fact that Adj’s with de cannot intervene between a de -less Adj and N or between two de -less Adj’s.

  • Issue Year: 54/2007
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 409-467
  • Page Count: 59
  • Language: English