Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese

Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese

Hill, Nathan (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

A systematic exploration of the shared history of Burmese, Chinese, and Tibetan languages. Tracing the history of their pronunciation, this book sheds light on the prehistoric language from which they descend. It will be welcomed by scholars and advanced students of phonology, language typology, and Asian languages and linguistics.
Introduction; Part I. Tibetan: 1. Old Tibetan; 2. Classical Tibetan; 3. The Bodish languages; 4. Tibetan diachronic phonology: 4.1. From Old Tibetan to proto-Bodish; 4.2. Reprise: from proto-Bodish to Old Tibetan; 4.3. From proto-Bodish to Trans-Himalayan; 4.4. Reprise: from Trans-Himalayan to proto-Bodish; 4.5. Diachronic mysteries; Part II. Burmese: 1. Old Burmese; 2. Written Burmese; 3. The Burmish languages; 4. The Loloish languages; 5. Burmese diachronic phonology: 5.1. From Burmese to proto-Burmish; 5.2. Reprise: proto-Burmish to Old Burmese; 5.3. From proto-Burmish to Trans-Himalayan; 5.4. Reprise: Trans-Himalayan to proto-Burmish; 5.5. Diachronic mysteries; Part III. Chinese: 1. Old Chinese: 1.1. Middle Chinese; 1.2. Rhymes of the Shijing; 1.3. Structure of Chinese characters; 1.4. Less traditional sources of data for reconstructing Old Chinese; 2. Simplex initials of Old Chinese: 2.1. Internal reconstruction of Middle Chinese initials; 2.2. Expanding the Old Chinese initials using xiesheng evidence; 3. Old Chinese pre-initials: 3.1. Reconstructing tight pre-initials using xiesheng evidence; 3.2. Reconstructing tight pre-initials on the basis of morphological speculation; 3.3. Reconstructing tight pre-initials using proto-Min; 3.4. Reconstructing tight pre-initials using loans into Vietic; 3.5. Reconstructing tight pre-initials using loans into Hmong-Mien; 3.6. Reconstructing tight pre-initials using loans into Tai-Kadai; 3.7. Reconstructing loose pre-initials; 3.8. Reconstructing loose pre-initials using proto-Min; 3.9. Reconstructing loose pre-initials using xiesheng evidence; 3.10. Reconstructing loose using loans into non-Sinitic languages; 3.11. Reconstructing loose pre-initials on the basis of morphological speculation; 4. Old Chinese medial; 5. Old Chinese vowels; 6. Origins of the tones and fnal clusters; 7. Finals of Old Chinese; 8. How to reconstruct a word in Old Chinese; 9. From Old Chinese to Trans-Himalayan; 10. Reprise: Trans-Himalayan to Old Chinese; 11. Diachronic mysteries; Part IV. Trans-Himalayan: 1. Overview of Trans-Himalayan phonology; 2. Initials of Trans-Himalayan: 2.1. Simplex resonants; 2.2. Simplex obstruents; 3. Vowels of Trans-Himalayan; 4. Finals of Trans-Himalayan; 5. Reprise of Diachronic mysteries; 6. Concluding remarks.
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