1st Edition

Modern Chinese Lexicology

By Ge Benyi Copyright 2018
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Centring on "words" which connect vocabulary and semantic morphemes, this book makes a systemic and in-depth analysis on the study of modern Chinese lexicology.

    Firstly, it clarifies the definitions and properties of vocabulary, words and semantic morphemes in Chinese. Then the structure forms of Chinese words are examined. It is worth noting that this research is one of the first to distinguish word formation and lexical morphology. It observes that word formation studies how neologisms are coined, while lexical morphology refers to the ways in which semantic morphemes are combined with each other. On word meaning and its clustering, it discusses the relationship between word meaning and concept, as well as the criteria and principles of the clustering. Specifically, it studies monosemes, polysemes, synonyms, near-synonyms, antonyms, etc., including their characteristics and types. Lastly, it explores the evolution of word meaning and its laws, as well as the dynamic form of vocabulary.

    This book will be a valuable reference for scholars and students in linguistics, especially in Chinese lexical studies.

    Preface to the Third Chinese Edition.  Preface to the First Chinese Edition.  Preface to the Revised Chinese Edition.  Chapter One Vocabulary Revisited.  Chapter Two Words and Semantic Morphemes.  Chapter Three The Emergence and Structural Forms of Words.  Chapter Four Word Meaning.  Chapter Five Word Meaning Clustering.  Chapter Six The Evolution of Word Meaning and Its Laws.  Chapter Seven Exploring the Dynamic Form of Vocabulary


    Ge Benyi is professor and Ph. D supervisor of Chinese Linguistics at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Shandong University. She is mainly engaged in the teaching and research of Chinese linguistics with a special preference for Chinese lexicology.