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May
12
comment Do 之 and 的 come from the same word?
@zsf222 不好意思我的中文没我的英语那么好。我写的就是表达"之/的"的情况与"父母/爸妈"的有点差别。"的"的现代发音很有可能保留了"之"的古代发音,但我 链接的文章 论证了:虽然"父母"古代发音类似"爸妈"现代发音,但是"爸妈"发音不是保留古代"父母"发音的,而是由于每一代的婴儿最初的语音通常是[m]和[a],紧接着[b]、‌​[p]、[n]、[d]、[t]等等,每一代的父母会将[ma]、[ba]那些声音当作妈妈和爸爸的意思。
May
10
comment Do 之 and 的 come from the same word?
@zsf222 the explanation for 爸/妈 is a bit more complex and doesn't completely correspond to this. This paper has more details; from the conclusion: "Children universally produce the sounds [m] and [a] earlier than other sounds, followed by [b], [p], [n], [d] and [t], and parents almost universally assign the meanings ‘mother’ and ‘father’ to the child’s first identifiable noises." 爸/妈 is not so much an archaic pronunciation of 父/母, but rather a pronunciation that keeps being recreated at every generation.
May
10
reviewed No Action Needed Is there a word in Chinese to mean “mostly”? Is “大多” appropriate?
May
10
reviewed Close Language exchange
May
10
reviewed No Action Needed How does “多” work in this describing sentence “多好看啊!”?
May
9
revised How does the particle word “呢” work?
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May
8
reviewed Leave Open What does “yellow face wife” (黄脸婆) mean?
May
8
reviewed Leave Open Quality of BBC Chinese?
May
7
reviewed Close Can anyone tell me what this means?
May
7
reviewed Reject How polite is too polite?
May
6
revised Is verb+点儿 an adverb?
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May
6
answered Is verb+点儿 an adverb?
May
2
comment What is the morphology or etymology of the word 列车?
Another book I would recommend regarding Chinese word formation is The Chinese Lexicon: A Comprehensive Survey by Yip Po-Ching. It doesn't go into linguistic theory as much so it's easier to follow for people who are not versed in linguistics.
May
2
comment What's the general word for cheese?
起司 is used in Taiwan, not Hong Kong.
May
2
reviewed Approve Take away (when ordering food): is it 带走 or 打包?
May
1
reviewed Close How to pronounce Zengyang?
May
1
reviewed Close 餐馆, 饭馆, 酒家, 饭店 - restaurant in Chinese?
Apr
30
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Apr
30
reviewed Looks OK What does “大概” mean? Are there any words with the same meaning?
Apr
30
reviewed Reopen Is there a word in Chinese to mean “mostly”? Is “大多” appropriate?