('pian' in the first tone)
There are 18 Chinese characters that are spoken
'pian'. The sound-determining element for 10 of them is: 扁 = bian(3) = flat / 扁 = pian(1) = small boat
扁 is also the
sound-determining element in 14 out of 35 standard Chinese characters that are
篇 = sheets, leaves
(especially of paper)
This morpheme / character also functions as a
classifier for sheets or leaves of paper, plus what usually is written on them,
such as articles or messages; it can also be used for electronic mails.
你连发了三篇长的邮件绐我. = Ni(3) lian(2) fa(1)
san(1) pian(1) chang(2)de(-) you(2)jian(4) gei(3) wo(3). = You sent in
succession three sheets of long email to me.