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8 - The Extreme Poverty of Affixation in Chinese

Rarely Derivational and Hardly Affixational

from Part Two - Morpho-lexical Issues in Chinese

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 August 2022

Chu-Ren Huang
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Yen-Hwei Lin
Michigan State University
I-Hsuan Chen
University of California, Berkeley
Yu-Yin Hsu
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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This chapter explores the morphological poverty of the Chinese from an empirical perspective. Until recently, the nature of affixation in Chinese is still not well recognized and has been one of the hotly debated topics in Chinese morphology. Based on the CKIP Morphological Database (incl. 4025 “affixes” in Chinese), this chapter covers the issue of the lack of affixation in Chinese based on a range of linguistic facts and empirical arguments such as lack of productivity and irregularities in word-formation rules.

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Print publication year: 2022

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