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Old Chinese onsets

William H. Baxter and Laurent Sagart

in Old Chinese: A New Reconstruction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199945375
eISBN:
9780199369812
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945375.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter offers a systematic treatment of Old Chinese word onsets. Following a definition of the notion of onset within Old Chinese word structure and a presentation of the consonant system, it ... More


From Old Chinese to Middle Chinese Word Order and Word Order Change

DAN XU

in Typological Change in Chinese Syntax

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199297566
eISBN:
9780191711299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297566.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology

This chapter shows that, typologically, Old Chinese (OC) was a mixed language, in terms of both language type and word order. It shows that the verb-object (VO) order was preferred by Chinese ... More


The sounds of Chinese

Giorgio Francesco Arcodia and Bianca Basciano

in Chinese Linguistics: An Introduction

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780198847830
eISBN:
9780191882463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847830.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter introduces the phonology of Sinitic languages, both in a diachronic and in a synchronic perspective. It first proposes an overview of the peculiar methodology for the reconstruction of ... More


The evidence for Old Chinese

William H. Baxter and Laurent Sagart

in Old Chinese: A New Reconstruction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199945375
eISBN:
9780199369812
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945375.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

Chapter 2 details the sources of evidence used in the reconstruction of Old Chinese. Section 2.1 introduce Middle Chinese, a system of pronunciation of Chinese characters widely used in China in the ... More


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