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ERIC Number: ED038631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 70
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Four-Syllable Idiomatic Expressions in Vietnamese. Occasional Papers of Research Publications and Translations. Translation Series No. 35.
Liem, Nguyen Dang
In all the four literary (oral, scholastic, regional, and national) periods, and also in modern spoken Vietnamese, there has been a strong tendency toward using a two-two syllable rhythm. Four-syllable idiomatic expressions are constructed in this syllable rhythm norm. The 825 expressions listed here with their literal and idiomatic English translations were selected either because of their particular cultural content or because they are fairly well known to the average Vietnamese. The selected four-syllable idiomatic expressions, which are interlocking grammatical constructions, may be classified according to their internal structure, into 17 groups as shown in Table I. The four-syllable idiomatic expressions, no matter what their internal structure, can be used in various positions in a Vietnamese sentence. Examples of different usages are given. A careful study of these idiomatic expressions will provide the student of Vietnamese with more insight into the morphology and syntax of the language, and will give him valuable information about the culture. (Author/AMM)
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. East-West Center.