It is not entirely clear if modern Chinese is a monosyllabic or disyllabic language. Although a disyllabic prosodic unit of some sort has long been considered by many to be at play in Chinese grammar, the intuition is not always rigidly fleshed out theoretically in the area of Chinese morphology. In this book, Shengli Feng applies the theoretical model of prosodic morphology to Chinese morphology to provide the theoretical clarity regarding how and why Mandarin Chinese words are structured in a particular way.  All of the facts generated by the system of prosodic morphology in Chinese provide new perspectives for linguistic theory, as well as insights for teaching Chinese and studying of Chinese poetic prosody.

chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 3|22 pages

Monosyllabicity and disyllabicity

chapter 5|21 pages

Minimal and maximal word effects

chapter 6|28 pages

Prosodic register grammar

chapter 8|7 pages

Conclusion and final remarks