Genetic Position of Chinese
(5,237 words)

1. Introduction

Although no linguist has ever claimed that Chinese was a language isolate, its exact relationship was and is still controversial. The main reason behind this controversy is the limited quantity of morphology in Chinese. As Meillet put it: 

si l’on est en présence de langues qui n’ont pres…

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Guillaume JACQUES, “Genetic Position of Chinese”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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