> At 02:56 PM 12/13/2003, Peter Daniels wrote:
> >Bill Bright claims that the famous three-syllable character for
> >'library' (transcribed tushuguan in Hockett 2003 and Mair, WWS) exists
> >almost exclusively to demonstrate that at least one three-syllable
> >character exists. Can you confirm or deny?
> Three-character/morpheme/grapheme/syllable word...
> If broken down to constituent parts by individual characters (let
> numbers = tone marks):
> tu2 = illustration/drawing/map
> shu1 = writing/book
> guan3 = building/hall
> However, tu2shu1 is a compound comprising 'printed materials' (of
> which the majority were books and illustrations. Constituent compounding
> would be as follows:
> This singular *lexical item* is not written with a single
So what is the character illustrated by Hockett and Mair, chopped liver?
Or are you actually confirming Bill's statement, by implying that you've
never seen it used in text?
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...