Polysyllablization of Chinese vocabulary based on the new lexical items in the Buddhist and Taoist scriptures of Eastern Han. (English)

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TitlePolysyllablization of Chinese vocabulary based on the new lexical items in the Buddhist and Taoist scriptures of Eastern Han. (English)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLiming, Y. U., & Manlin G. U.
JournalJournal of Sino-Western Communications
Pagination225 - 234
Date Published2013/07//
PublisherInstitute of Sino-Western Communications
ISBN Number21530114
KeywordsBuddhist diction, BUDDHISTS, CHINESE language, descriptive lexicology, LEXICOLOGY, new lexical item, polysyllablization, SYLLABLE (Grammar), Taoist diction, Taoists, VOCABULARY

Various approaches should be employed to view the polysyllablization of Chinese vocabulary since different aspects can be observed in relevant materials. Among the new lexical items appeared in the Buddhist and Taoist scriptures of Eastern Han, for example, the number of polysyllabic items is six times more than that of monosyllabic ones, but it does not mean that polysyllabic items had generally outnumbered monosyllabic ones in these scriptures or in any materials of the same period. As a matter of fact, diversification and instability were the very nature of the new and developing vocabulary items, and polysyllablization was not a process of merely displacing monosyllabic items with polysyllabic ones. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Journal of Sino-Western Communications is the property of Institute of Sino-Western Communications and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)