Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Ideally, periodization of the history of a language should be based on changes in all components of a language: phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. Unfortunately, this is not the case in the currently available histories of Chinese. There are several periodizations of the Chinese language, which are not compatible one with the other, in spite of several attempts to unify them. They di…

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Alain PEYRAUBE, “Periodization”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000323>
First published online: 2015

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