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polysyllabic characters

Posted by tianfeng June 6, 2007 in the Group General Discussion.

I was reading a book on the Chinese language the other day and I ran across an example of the mythical (to me at least) polysyllabic character.  The character was prounced shang-xia and was written with the radical as 女 and then the right was 上on top of 下 all as one character. Whenever someone teaching Chinese says that each character is monosyllabic there is always one person out there who points out things like 哪儿 having only one syllable but two character.  There are some that even go as far to say that some characters are polysyllabic.  I have never seen an example until today and I was wondering if there are anymore?  

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