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an unscientific approach: the 國語辭典 , of taiwan, has about 164489 entries, using grep + wildcards, one may find: 12540⋯7.62% are 1 character entry (^.$) e.g. 八, 扒 87516⋯53.20% are 2 characters entry (^..$) e.g. 八伯, 八拜 21836⋯13.28% are 3 characters entry (^...$) e.g. 八拜交, 八敗命 35781⋯21.75% are 4 characters entry (^....$) e.g. 八百羅漢, 八百壯士 2562⋯1.56% are 5 ...


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的 is exception? you're kidding :( the initial meaning of 的 is "bullseye of target for archery" http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=dcbdic&searchid=W00000002148 you must define clearly what's character and word, before others help you.


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I don't know much about grammer analysis. 吗 being put at the end of a sentence with a raised tone and a question mark forms a quesiton sentence. Is it word? I can say it is a character, and does not have any meaning itself. I guess it's a functional character. 的 is like "of" in English. 我的朋友: a friend of mine (my friend). Also, 蓝色的天空 (blue sky). 蓝色的: having ...


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的 is foremost a particle, but also a word in its own right. As de, it can mean plus, as in 七个的六个一共十三. As dī, it can mean cab. As dì it can mean target. 吗 is in ma and má likewise mostly a particle, but in some instances an isolated character without meaning of its own. As mǎ in 吗啡, it means morphine. There are a number of such isolated characters, such as ...


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中国文字改革委员会研究推广处 (1959) found that 29% or 1046 of the 3624 most common words are monosyllabic. Other investigations have found a similar proportion, although the ratio will decrease further with the inclusion of more new or uncommon words. One reason that polysyllabic words are on the rise is that Chinese topolects gradually have lost a lot of distinct sounds,...


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your question is interesting but I am not very clear about your purpose. But below, I will talk about my own ideas. In Chinese, words (詞) are make up with single character (字)。 We can sort them by the sum of single character。 Actually, lots of words only use one character many years ago, which is traditional Chinese language. But in 1919 New Culture ...



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