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A concise definition of 连绵词 I found is

an alliterative and echotic biome

e.g. :

  • 窈窕
  • 徘徊
  • 孜孜

Is this group perceived as sth. distinctive with unique rules how or under which circumstances to use them? How are they perceived in terms of aesthetics, e.g. do they convey a poetic or archaic connotation?

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聯綿詞

聯綿詞 is a terminology in Chinese phonology. They are still functional 詞(compound words).

do they convey a poetic or archaic connotation?

Some 聯綿詞 adjective and verb do sound poetic or archaic (e.g 玲瓏, 翩翩, 叮嚀, 拮据).

Some 聯綿詞 adjective and verb had become common day-to-day words (e.g. 荒唐, 嘮叨, 累贅, 凌厲)

Almost all 聯綿詞 noun are common day-to-day words (e.g. 琵琶, 橄欖, 鞦韆, 蝴蝶)

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