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LINGUIST List 17.556

Mon Feb 20 2006

Books: Phonology, Chinese: Prager Branner (Ed)

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, The Chinese Rime Tables: Prager Branner (Ed)

Message 1: The Chinese Rime Tables: Prager Branner (Ed)
Date: 01-Feb-2006
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Chinese Rime Tables: Prager Branner (Ed)

Title: The Chinese Rime Tables
Subtitle: Linguistic philosophy and historical-comparative phonology
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 271
Published: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20271

Editor: David Prager Branner, University of Maryland
Electronic: ISBN: 9027247854 Pages: viii, 358 Price: U.S. $ 144.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027247854 Pages: viii, 358 Price: Europe EURO 120.00

This book, the first in its field in a Western language, examines China's
native phonological tool in regard to reconstruction, theory, and
linguistic philosophy.

After an introductory essay on the nature of the tables and the history of
their interpretation, the book concentrates on three areas: application of
rime table theory to reconstruction, the history of rime table theory, and
the application of the tables to descriptive linguistics. An appendix
details a number of 20th century systems for transcribing their phonology
into Roman letters.

Major topics include Altaic contact-influence on Chinese, early native
understanding of the tables' meaning, the phonological work of Yuen Ren
Chao, and Stammbaumtheorie/diasystemic thinking about Chinese. New
reconstructions of Han and "Common Dialectal" phonology appear here, as do
complete texts and translations of the Shouwen fragments and Yunjing preface.

Table of contents

Introduction: What Are Rime Tables and What Do They Mean?
David Prager Branner 1-34

Part I: Rime-Tables in Chinese Reconstruction

On the Principle of the Four Grades
Abraham Chan 37-46

The Four Grades: An Interpretation from the perspective of Sino-altaic
language contact
Wen-chao Li 47-58

On Old Turkic Consonanticism and Vocalic Divisions of Acute Consonants in
Medieval Hàn Phonology
An-King Lim 59-82

The Qièyùn System 'Divisions' as the Result of Vowel Warping
Axel Schuessler 83-96

Part II: The History of Rime Table Texts and Reconstruction

Reflections on the Shouwen Fragments
W. South Coblin 99-122

Zhang Línzhi on the Yùnjìng
W. South Coblin 123-150

Simon Schaank and the Evolution of Western Beliefs About Traditional
Chinese Phonology
David Prager Branner 151-167

Part III: Rime Tables as Descriptive Tools

How Rime-Book Based Analyses Can Lead Us Astray
Richard VanNess Simmons 171-182

Modern Chinese and the Rime Tables
Jerry Norman 183-188

Common Dialect Phonology in Practice.: Y.R. Chao's Field Methodology
Richard VanNess Simmons 189-208

Some Composite Phonological Systems in Chinese
David Prager Branner 209-232

Common Dialectal Chinese
Jerry Norman 233-254

Appendix I: Pronunciation Guide to Boodberg's Alternative Grammatonomic
Gari K. Ledyard 255-264

Appendix II: Comparative Transcriptions of Rime Table Phonology
David Prager Branner 265-302

Bibliography 303-326
Index of Biographical Names 327-332
General Index 333-358

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            History of Linguistics
                            Philosophy of Language

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
Language Family(ies): Altaic

Written In: English (eng )

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European Language Resources Association http://www.elda.org/sommaire.php
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Lincom GmbH http://www.lincom.at
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Pacific Linguistics http://pacling.anu.edu.au/
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