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Hill, Nathan W. (2013) 'Old Chinese *sm- and the Old Tibetan Word for ‘Fire’.' Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, 42 (1). pp. 60-71.

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Abstract

Several sinologists have compared Chinese xjwɨjX 'burn' or xwaX 'fire' to an Old Tibetan word smye 'fire'. No such Old Tibetan word exists. Instead, mye is the Old Tibetan word for fire and smye, also spelled dmeḥ, means 'stain, impurity, sin'. Tibetan evidence in this case does not support a reconstruction *sm- in Old Chinese.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Old Chinese; fire; Old Tibetan; Or. 15000/265, s-prefix
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISSN: 01533320
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1163/15685322-0421P0004
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2013 18:53
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/17858

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