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Hill, Nathan W. (2017) 'Songs of the Bailang: A New Transcription with Etymological Commentary.' Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, 103. pp. 387-429.

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Bailang is a Trans-Himalayan language preserved only in the three ‘Songs of Bailang’ (Bailang ge 白狼歌) in a Chinese historical text, the Hòu Hàn shū 後漢書 (58–75 ce). Taking full advantage of recent progress in Chinese historical phonology, this paper attempts to gain a better understanding of the Bailang language and the version of Han Chinese that must have been spoken by the scribe who committed the poems to writing.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Chinese historical phonology; Bailang language; trans-himalayan linguistics.
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 1760737X
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Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 10:04
Funders: European Union

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