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answered When is 我 pronounced ě?
Dec
18
comment Are there any online etymological dictionaries of Mandarin (not for characters but for spoken words)
I'd say this is the only real answer, as it focuses on pronunciation rather than orthography. I have this book and certainly recommend it, but keep in mind that it's an etymological dictionary of Old Chinese. It does attempt to provide some explanation for contemporary words, but that isn't its focus.
Dec
18
awarded  Supporter
Dec
18
comment Do acronyms borrowed from English use neutral tone (aka tone 0 or tone 5) for all syllables?
My guess is that a skilled bilingual C-E speaker starts dropping English words in their Chinese, then monolingual Chinese speakers attempt to emulate him/emulate each other and spread the word around. Eventually, if a word becomes popular enough, the government or some official body recommends the use of certain characters to write the word, at which point the pronunciation is standardized.
Dec
18
comment List of Chinese characters not used in Mandarin/putonghua
It's thought that there have been around 50,000 unique characters coined since the beginning of time, of which around maybe 6,000 are used in putonghua. It would be faster to create a list of characters used in putonghua than to create a list of characters not used in it.
Dec
18
revised Are the Cantonese word 係 and the Japanese word はい related?
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Dec
18
answered Are the Cantonese word 係 and the Japanese word はい related?
Dec
15
accepted What is the etymology of 氫?
Dec
7
asked What is the etymology of 氫?
Nov
10
answered what are some dictionaries about vocabulary of classical chinese?
Nov
5
answered Are there online sources containing example sentences in classical Chinese with grammar annotations?
Oct
23
awarded  Curious
Oct
22
asked How do you say “I know that I don't know”?
Oct
20
awarded  Commentator
Oct
20
comment 家: why is a home a place for pigs?
You are taking "豭省聲" as a given, but is there any evidence for that? 说文解字 is notorious for having errors, so I wouldn't be surprised if this is a mistake.
Aug
12
comment What is the ancient Chinese one-character name for woman like '子’ means man?
I also want to point that the difference between 汝(less formal) and 子(more formal) is formality, not gender
Jul
22
awarded  Yearling
Jul
15
accepted Number of unique characters in the X most common words?
Jul
15
asked Number of unique characters in the X most common words?
Jun
30
comment What does 非也 mean?
A modal refers to an expression of "mood" which is usually something subjective, so I don't think 也 should be called a modal. www-01.sil.org/linguistics/GlossaryOfLinguisticTerms/… The grammar of the phrase is from classical/old Chinese and is similar to how English speakers say "carpe diem" without having any clue of Latin grammar.