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This is the introductory chapter of this book which, attempts to elaborate the system of word-class transitions in Classical Chinese (CC) presented in the remarkable doctoral dissertation Sintaksiceskij stroj drevnekitajskogo jazyka by Tamara N. Nikitina , with a focus on what is usually described as the verbal and adverbial usage of nouns. Bringing the research on huoyong (HY) close to the general linguistic discourse of the day and liberating it from the limitations of conservative CC studies in China can be considered the core strategy of the book. It presents an examination of primary sources advanced, a working hypothesis regarding the nature of word classes in CC, the character of the HY phenomenon and the rules that govern it gradually emerged in my mind.

Keywords: classical Chinese (CC); huoyong (HY); word-class transitions



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