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Old Chinese : a new reconstruction

Author: William Hubbard Baxter
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Phonological reconstruction based on: middle Chinese, old chinese rhymes, modern archaic dialects (Min, Hakka, Waxiang), early loanwords to Vietic, Hmong-Mien, Kra-Dol, early linguistic texts, and comparative insights from Tibeto-Burman.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Hubbard Baxter
ISBN: 9780199945375 0199945373
OCLC Number: 841206012
Description: x, 431 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 Introduction ; 1.1 What is Old Chinese? ; 1.2 Methodology ; 1.3 Plan of the book ; 2 The evidence for Old Chinese ; 2.1 Middle Chinese ; 2.2 Old Chinese rhyme evidence ; 2.3 Evidence from the Chinese script ; 2.4 Modern Chinese dialects ; 2.5 Early Chinese loanwords in other languages ; 2.6 Traditional Chinese texts explicitly discussing language ; 2.7 Tibeto-Burman ; 3 An overview of the reconstruction ; 3.1 Onsets: main hypotheses ; 3.2 Rhymes ; 3.3 Root structure, word structure, and affixation ; 3.4 The nature of the pre-Qin script ; 4 Onsets ; 4.1 The evolution of Old Chinese initial consonants: major processes ; 4.2 Applying the comparative method within Chinese ; 4.3 Singleton onsets ; 4.4 Tightly attached onsets ; 4.5 Onsets with loosely attached preinitials ; 4.6 Onsets with complex preinitials ; 5 Old Chinese rhymes ; 5.1 Overview: vowels, codas, postcodas ; 5.2 The six-vowel system ; 5.3 Rhyme development: main processes ; 5.4 Rhymes with back codas (*-O, *-k, and *-?) ; 5.5 Rhymes with acute codas (*-j, *-t, *-n, and *-r) ; 5.6 Rhymes with the codas *-w and *-wk ; 5.7 Rhymes with labial codas (*-p and *-m) ; 6 Conclusion ; 6.1 What kind of language was Old Chinese? ; 6.2 Dialect differences in Old Chinese ; 6.3 Known issues ; 6.4 General directions for future researc ; 6.5 Old Chinese in broad comparative context ; Appendix of reconstructed forms ; References
Responsibility: William H. Baxter and Laurent Sagart.
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This book introduces a new linguistic reconstruction of the phonology, morphology, and lexicon of Old Chinese, the language of the earliest Chinese classical texts (1st millennium BCE).  Read more...

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