Departmental Bulletin Paper 我们为什么需要二字词? -语言接触与汉语的近代演化:序说
Why do we need disyllabic words? Introduction of language contact and modernization of Chinese

沈, 国威

10pp.101 - 118 , 2017-03-31 , 関西大学大学院東アジア文化研究科
文部科学省グローバルCOEプログラム 関西大学文化交渉学教育研究拠点
The disyllabification of the lexicon is a prominent feature of modern Chinese. The unification of spoken and written language after the May Fourth Movement was achieved upon this basis. This article carries out an analysis of the motivations of disyllabification which is different from previous research. It highlights how coordinative disyllabic compounds fulfilled an important role during the process of disyllabification, even though they do not possess an active meaning function. This is the result of the diffusion of knowledge of characters; disyllabic words, in turn, promoted the oral transmission of knowledge.

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