ERIC Number: ED143199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Internal Structure of the Cantonese Word and General Problems of Word Analysis in Chinese. York Papers in Linguistics, No. 7.
This paper: (1) examines the internal word structure of Cantonese in terms of root, stem and affix; (2) discusses general problems of word analysis in Chinese with reference to Cantonese and Mandarin; (3) examines the issue of distorted translations from Mandarin into English resulting from faulty word analysis; and (4) looks briefly at the problem of distinguishing between word and phrase in Cantonese. The topics are discussed in the light of the sociolinguistic situation in Singapore and Malaya, in which it is not unusual to find a native speaker of Cantonese or some other Chinese language who is literate only in Mandarin. The latter serves as a lingua franca for educated speakers in speech and writing. The descriptive model used in this paper is a modified tagmemic one. (CLK)
Descriptors: Cantonese, Chinese, Language Research, Language Usage, Literacy, Mandarin Chinese, Morphology (Languages), Sino Tibetan Languages, Sociolinguistics, Structural Analysis, Written Language
York Papers in Linguistics, Department of Language, University of York, Heslington, York, 4015DD, England
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ. (England). Dept. of Language.