LINGUIST List 31.2141

Wed Jul 01 2020

Books: A Phonological History of Chinese: Shen

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Date: 16-Jun-2020
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Subject: A Phonological History of Chinese: Shen
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Title: A Phonological History of Chinese
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Zhongwei Shen
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107135840 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107135840 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107135840 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

The phonological history of Chinese can be traced back to two main traditions: one starting with the Qieyun of 601, and the other starting with the Zhongyuan Yinyun of 1324. The former marks the beginning of Middle Chinese, and the latter marks the beginning of Old Mandarin. Both of these systems, as well as reconstructed Old Chinese, should be understood as ideal phonological standards and composite in nature. Until modern times, phonological standards were never based strictly on the phonology of a single dialect. This book provides the first study written in English, of the phonological history of Chinese. It provides information about the standard phonological systems for each of the language's major historical periods, drawing on a range of historical materials such as dictionaries, rhyming tables and poetry, and is the reference book for understanding the key developments in the Chinese sound system.

Part I. The Keys to Traditional Phonology: 1. An introduction to Chinese historical phonology; Part II. Old Chinese: 2. Old Chinese; Part III. Middle Chinese: 3. Middle Chinese: the Tang and Song Dynasties; 4. Middle Chinese: the Tang and Song Dynasties; Part IV. The Beginnings of Mandarin: 5. Chinese of the Liao, Jun, and Xixia Dynasties; Part V. A New Standard: 6. Old Mandarin: the Ménggǔ Zìyùn 蒙古字韻; 7. Old Mandarin: the Zhōngyuán Yīnyùn 中原音韻; 8. Old Mandarin: the Persian transcriptions; Part VI. Towards Modern Mandarin: 9. The Mandarin of the Ming Dynasty; 10. The Mandarin of the Qing Dynasty and the modern era.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Written In: English (eng)

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