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Word Classes In CC And CC Noun

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In the history of linguistic sinology, word classes in Classical Chinese (CC) used to be a truly turbulent issue. A detailed Langacker-based description of the conceptual basis, mainly of nouns, which are central to this chapter, but secondarily also of the other two major word classes along with its multifarious modifications is presented . It is, however, necessary to keep in mind that the particular conceptual construals of phenomena of any kind may rely substantially on their real nature but that in the end they are subject to conventions of the given human speech community. The language-specific syntactic classes, obtained on the basis of distributional analysis carried out relative to meaning, can be conveniently displayed as regions in language-specific semantic maps on the universal conceptual space, a structured representation of functional structures and their relationships to each other.

Keywords: Classical Chinese (CC) nouns; Langacker; language-specific semantic maps; syntactic classes; word classes



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