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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."



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Dissertation Information


Title: Reimende Bronzeinschriften und die Entstehung der chinesischen Endreimdichtung [Rhyming Bronze Inscriptions and the Emergence of Chinese End-rhyme Versification] Add Dissertation
Author: Wolfgang Behr Update Dissertation
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Institution: Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universit├Ąt Frankfurt am Main, Department of Sinology
Completed in: 1997
Linguistic Subfield(s): Historical Linguistics; Phonology;
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Old
Director(s): T Chang
Jost Gippert

Abstract: The reconstruction of Old Chinese (OC) phonology since its inception in the pioneering work of Bernhard Karlgren has typically relied heavily on Middle Chinese (MC) rhyming dictionaries, the rhymes of the Shijing, and, to a lesser extent, the study of sino-xenic transcriptions, modern dialectal data, and comparisons with Tibeto-Burman. The present thesis endeavours to supplement this apporach by a fresh paleographical perspective, focussing on rhymed passages culled from a corpus of 197 bronze inscriptions, dating to the period between the late 11th and 3rd centuries BCE. Rhyming bronze inscriptions (RBI), while being metrically much more irregular than the Odes or the rhymed line-statements in the Zhouyi, often are of considerable length, stem from a great variety of geographical backgrounds, and are in general much less marred by uncertainties of dating and textual transmission than the edited literature. RBI thus perform valuable functions as internal correctives imposed on phonological systems established on the strength of edited texts alone, and bear first-hand witness to the emergence of techinques of end-rhyme in ancient China.