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Name: Chung-pui  Tai
Institution: Chinese Academy of Social Science
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State and/or Country: Hong Kong   
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Writing Systems
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Yue
Zhuang, Dai
Zhuang, Nong
Zhuang, Yang
Zhuang, Yongnan
Zhuang, Zuojiang
Language Family(ies): Tibeto-Burman
Central Tai
Selected Publications: TAI Chung-pui (2008) A Study of Tibetan Phonological Transcription in Tangut Buddhism Fragments (西夏文佛經殘片的藏文對音研究). Ph.D. Thesis, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
TAI Chung-pui (2007) “A supplementary study on Tangut fragments discovered from the north region of Dunhuang Mogao caves” (莫高窟北區出土西夏文殘片補考), Xixia Studies. 2:120-124.
TAI Chung-pui (2006) “On the Tangut fragment Zhan Cha Shan E Ye Bao Jing from the French collections” (法藏西夏文〈占察善惡業報經〉殘片考), Ningxia Social Sciences. 2006(4): 94-96.
TAI Chung-pui (2006) “Kam-Dai words in documents on Lingnan area in Song dynasty” (宋代嶺南中的侗台語詞), Minzu Yuwen (Minority Language of China). 2006(3): 21-25.
TAI Chung-pui (2005) “A preliminary study of Sam Cien Saw” (〈三千書〉初探), Study of Ethnics in Guangxi. 2005(3): 120-122.
TAI Chung-pui (2005) Literacy Practices and Functions of the Zhuang Character Writing System. M.Phil. Thesis, The University of Hong Kong.
Dissertation Abstract: A Study of Tibetan Phonological Transcription in Tangut Buddhism Fragments (in Chinese)

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