The Chinese Rime Tables

Linguistic philosophy and historical-comparative phonology

| University of Maryland
ISBN 9789027247858 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027288479 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
This book, the first in its field in a Western language, examines China’s native phonological tool with 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.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 271]  2006.  viii, 358 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Are Rime Tables and What Do They Mean?
David Prager Branner
Part I: Rime-Tables in Chinese Reconstruction
On the Principle of the Four Grades
Abraham Chan
The Four Grades: An Interpretation from the perspective of Sino-altaic language contact
Chris Wen-Chao Li
On Old Turkic Consonanticism and Vocalic Divisions of Acute Consonants in Medieval Hàn Phonology
An-King Lim
The Qièyùn System ‘Divisions’ as the Result of Vowel Warping
Axel Schuessler
Part II: The History of Rime Table Texts and Reconstruction
Reflections on the Shouwen Fragments
W. South Coblin
Zhāng Línzhī on the Yùnjìng
W. South Coblin
Simon Schaank and the Evolution of Western Beliefs About Traditional Chinese Phonology
David Prager Branner
Part III: Rime Tables as Descriptive Tools
How Rime-Book Based Analyses Can Lead Us Astray
Richard VanNess Simmons
Modern Chinese and the Rime Tables
Jerry Norman
Common Dialect Phonology in Practice. Y.R. Chao’s Field Methodology
Richard VanNess Simmons
Some Composite Phonological Systems in Chinese
David Prager Branner
Common Dialectal Chinese
Jerry Norman
Appendix I: Pronunciation Guide to Boodberg's Alternative Grammatonomic Notation
Gari K. Ledyard
Appendix II: Comparative Transcriptions of Rime Table Phonology
David Prager Branner
Index of Biographical Names
General Index
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