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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 545–572.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Zong-qi Cai Abstract The author argues that Chinese characters have shaped Chinese poetic art not through their ideographic form but through their monosyllabic sound. Specifically, the pauses in a Chinese poetic line tend to be determined by sound patterns. Since monosyllabic sound is nearly always...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 286–323.
Published: 01 November 2015
... development was driven forward by the exploration of the musical and rhythmic properties of the Chinese language in poetic form. Given that Chinese classical poetry was born from music, the sound and rhythm of poetry are of great importance. Chinese is a monosyllabic language in which each graph has just one...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 251–257.
Published: 01 November 2015
... inquiry into how the “monosyllabicality,” namely, monosyllabic pronunciation, of Chinese characters has given rise to a unique merging of prosodic and semantic rhythms in Chinese poetry; how prosodic-semantic rhythms in turn delimit the range of possible syntactic constructions in a given genre; and how...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 215–232.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of scholarly attention and developed into a quest for the relationship between the sound and meaning of each Chinese character. First, criticizing Hu's obliviousness to the very natural rhythm he himself had promoted, Zhu Zhixin 朱執信 (1885–1920) argued for the importance of the term by calling Hu's attention...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 380–418.
Published: 01 November 2015
... up of a subject-predicate-object or a subject-predicate construction. The fifth characters of the lines are usually monosyllabic verbs or adjectives serving as predicates or monosyllabic nouns serving as objects. The pauses between the second and third syllables and between the fourth and fifth...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 258–285.
Published: 01 November 2015
... particular phonetic elements of Chinese characters and specific fields of meaning, as representing a clear advance over the isolated and arbitrary-seeming examples of earlier sheng xun 聲訓 (sound glossing) traditions. To Jiang, though, the Song developments are worthy of note because they arguably...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 108–136.
Published: 01 April 2016
... Chinese names generally consist of one monosyllabic name per item; thus there are monosyllabic names of musical instruments such as the qin , se 瑟 (like a harp), zheng 箏 (like a zither), zhong 鐘 (bells), qing 磬 (stone chimes), sheng 笙 (reed mouth organ), gu 鼓 (drum), and so on. These are all...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 444–480.
Published: 01 November 2015
...” and “sentences” very much as would a modern linguist. The notion of “position” in his statement “put words within positions” refers to syntactic position. Though he did not specify what types of positions there are or what the relationship between them might be, 4 he did point out that “each Chinese character...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 324–346.
Published: 01 November 2015
... proportion of ping tone characters, resulting in a numerical balance between the ping tone and the other three tones. This numerical balance is another aspect of the dichotomy, and it may be unique to Chinese metrical poems. According to my survey, the overall proportions of the four tones in individual...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 119–147.
Published: 01 April 2018
... are analyzed in their function of adding dimension to the novels' heroes—larger than life characters with highly distinctive personalities. The selected novels are all landmark works of Chinese martial arts literature: Shuihu , one of China's earliest vernacular novels, was published in the sixteenth...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 339–381.
Published: 01 November 2020
... repetition, with the exception of the three consecutive negative statements in the last paragraph. Its words are mostly monosyllabic and do not form substantive binomes—that is, bisyllabic or two-character compounds. The small number of binomes found in this text are mostly proper names of people or places...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 203–235.
Published: 01 April 2021
..., the article focuses on three subsets of songs: songs that foreground everyday vignettes, songs that celebrate festive occasions at court, and songs that revisit the exemplars of Chinese literature, history, and religion. The article suggests that everyday songs and court-oriented songs prized the aesthetic...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
..., the monosyllabicity of the Chinese language enables “a unique convergence of prosodic and semantic rhythm,” which in turn powers a “dynamic interplay of rhythm, syntax, and structure.” 28 For this reason, line length plays a crucial role in discussions of the expressive potential of poetry. 29 In the case...
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