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A refutation of Song's (2014) explanation of the 'stop coda problem' in Old Chinese

Hill, Nathan W. (2016) 'A refutation of Song's (2014) explanation of the 'stop coda problem' in Old Chinese.' International Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 3 (2). pp. 270-281.

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Abstract

Song (2014) draws renewed attention to the problem of groups of Chinese words in which the character used to write one of the words has a stop final reading in Middle Chinese but the character used to write another of the words has an open syllable reading in Middle Chinese, although the two seem to have a shared a rime in Old Chinese. She offers a new solution employing the reconstruction of voiced and voiceless stop finals in the shared ancestor of Chinese and Tibetan. Every step in Song's reasoning is faulty and nearly every claim she makes about Tibetan is false. Haudricourt long ago solved the 'stop coda problem' (1954).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan, Old Chinese, Tibetan, historical phonology, Shijing
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: 22138706
Copyright Statement: This is the accepted version of a forthcoming article that will be published by John Benjamins. Please contact the publisher for permission to reuse or reprint the material in any form.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1075/ijchl.3.2.04hil
Depositing User: Nathan Hill
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 19:09
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22862

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