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A Brief History of the Chinese Language VII
Modern Chinese Lexicon 1

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ISBN 9781032430638
February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

As the seventh volume of a multi-volume set on the Chinese language, this book studies the Mongolian influence on neologisms in Modern Chinese and innovations in word formation and lexical meanings during the period.
Focusing on lexicons in Modern Chinese, the Chinese language used since the 13th century AD, this book first introduces new monosyllables and the entry of spoken idioms and dialects into the written language as well as the mingling of the Chinese language with the Mongolian and Manchu languages. It then focuses on the development and features of polysyllabic words in Modern Chinese, covering alliterative and rhyming compounds, trisyllabic and four-syllable words. The final chapter discusses the change of lexical meaning systems in Modern Chinese based on an analysis of monosyllables, disyllables and polysyllables.
Illustrated with abundant examples, this comprehensive groundwork on Chinese lexical history will be a must read for scholars and students studying modern Chinese language, linguistics and especially for beginning learners of the modern Chinese lexicon.

Table of Contents

1. The Emergence of Modern Neologisms and Penetration of Mongolian and Manchu into the Chinese Lexicon   2. The Innovation of Polysyllabic Words of Modern Chinese  3. The Development of Chinese Lexicon in Modern Times

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Xi Xiang is Professor at Sichuan University (China) and a distinguished linguist. His research interests are focused on Chinese language history and Chinese linguistics. His major works include A Brief History of Chinese, Dictionary of Poetry Classics, Commentary on the Translation of Poetry Classics, Dictionary of Ancient Chinese Knowledge, Concise Ancient Chinese Dictionary, etc.