ERIC Number: ED258454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Compound Nouns in Mandarin.
Strategies for the interpretation and formation of Mandarin Chinese compounds, designed for the English-speaking learner of Mandarin, as well as the linguist, make a distinction between two compound types: lexical and phrasal. While both types consist of sequences of verbs and nouns, lexical compounds are indivisible words formed in the lexicon, and phrasal compounds are sequences of words joined by syntactic phrase structure rules. While rules for the combination of categories can be identified for both compound types, only phrasal compounds may be freely formed by these rules. In contrast, categories combined in accordance with lexical rules may not result in actually occurring words. The language learner needs to identify compound processes as lexical or phrasal in order to know when he can use a process freely to produce well-formed expressions. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Chicago, Illinois, November 16-18, 1984).