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Rather, I am merely trying to point out linguistic facts from an analytical viewpoint. Chapter 1. Introduction lutionises this academic area in that it lays the foundation for rigorously deining and deciphering Chinese musical concepts via linguistic methods, rather than providing just another description or discussion of the concepts. he methodology employed in this book is the National Semantic Metalanguage (or NSM hereater) and, as discussed in the following section, the NSM is a linguistic tool which is aimed at achieving clarity and precision in analysing semantically and culturally complex concepts.

Cao 2001 and G. L. ). While it may not be linked with the NSM theory, the sememe has implications and potential repercussions in NSM analyses. 15 Generally speaking, a sememe assumes the same formal unit as a morpheme. he main diference between a Chinese sememe and a Chinese morpheme lies with their respective perspectives, the former being semantic and the latter being morphological (with the morpheme being the smallest morphological unit, needless to say). A sememe is represented monosyllabically, though it can either remain like this as an individual word in isolation or be collated with other sememes in disyllabic or polysyllabic compound words.

On the contrary, I have a lot of respect for the kind of wisdom and insight captured by such descriptions and discussions. Rather, I am merely trying to point out linguistic facts from an analytical viewpoint. Chapter 1. Introduction lutionises this academic area in that it lays the foundation for rigorously deining and deciphering Chinese musical concepts via linguistic methods, rather than providing just another description or discussion of the concepts. he methodology employed in this book is the National Semantic Metalanguage (or NSM hereater) and, as discussed in the following section, the NSM is a linguistic tool which is aimed at achieving clarity and precision in analysing semantically and culturally complex concepts.

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