Word Classes, Premodern
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Word classes (cílèi 詞類 in Modern Chinese) are usually understood as categories of words with similar morphosyntactic and/or semantic characteristics. The widely used concept of word classes or “parts of speech” is based on the Greco-Latin grammarian tradition, which has survived until present in most textbooks of particular languages and in many domains of applied linguistics. It is so well entrenched that a need is rarely felt to explicitly reflect on the nature of the categories and to clearly a…

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Lukáš ZÁDRAPA, “Word Classes, Premodern”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000453>
First published online: 2015

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