Monosyllabism


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Monosyllabism

 

the predominance of words of one syllable in a language. In such languages, monosyllabism usually occurs in conjunction with polytonic stress and a fixed sentence word order. However, these structural characteristics may serve only as the basis for a typological, not a genealogical, classification of languages. Monosyllabism is characteristic of many, but not all, of the Sino-Tibetan languages (such as ancient Chinese) and the Kwa languages.

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In French, rime riche was required by the Romantics, and since then it is still quite popular, perhaps because of the phonetic monosyllabism of endings in modern French.
For example, there is the profusion of possibilities for punning which Chinese monosyllabism makes possible: punning thus is so common, so expected, that it becomes nearly unusable as a riddling device.