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The Definations, Historical Record and the Improper Use of the Term 霾(mai)
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Pages: 69-74
Year: Issue:  4
Journal: Journal of Putian Univeristy

Keyword:  霾(m ai)definitionw ord-buildingstandard;
Abstract: This paper com pares the definitions and interpretations of the lexical entry 霾 (mai) in different Chinese dictionaries. And the definitions change all the tim e in Shuowenjiezi. B ased on a discussion of the gram m atical features of 霾 (mai), including its roles in producing relevant w ords and sentences, this paper regulates the usage of 霾(mai)in the standard Chinese.Moreover,for the sake of a better understanding of the w eather phenom enon 霾 (mai), this study explores the historical record of 霾 (mai) in The 25 Dynastic Histories. D raw ing on avariety of corpus data, this paper discovers that the frequency of 霾(mai) increases corresponding w ith the econom ic and social developm ent in China, and proposes solutions to the problem s caused by the im proper use of the term 霾(mai).
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