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ERIC Number: ED040375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 9
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The Function of the Retroflexed Suffix -r in the Morphological Process of Mandarin Chinese.
Tiee, Henry Hung-yeh
Chinese has been classified as an "isolating" language which expresses grammatical relation with few or no bound inflectional forms and many fixed syntactic constructions. The basis for this notion chiefly originated from the nature of Chinese monosyllabic structures and the relation of syntactic to morphological phenomena. Mandarin Chinese, however, does have bound grammatical morphemes, but their presence is less evident in the writing system than in connected speech. Chinese often uses various types of affixation as an important tool in morphological processes. The retroflexed suffix -r, described in this paper, is a characteristic feature of Mandarin Chinese and is one of the most important affixational devices in Mandarin morphological processes. It serves to indicate a semantic change from the stem word and to change certain form classes into nominals, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Not only does it enrich the lexicon of the language, but it also colors connected speech more vividly. (Author/AMM)
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