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Hill, Nathan W. and List, Johann-Mattis (2019) 'Using Chinese Character Formation Graphs to Test Proposals in Chinese Historical Phonology.' Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics, 12 (2). pp. 186-200.

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This paper proposes the use of network techniques in the exploration of Old Chinese phonology as reflected in the phonophoric determinatives of xiéshēng 諧聲 characters. We use the approach to examine five specific proposals in Chinese historical phonology, and whether the distinctions suggested by these proposals can be said to be recoverable on the basis of phonophoric choice. The major finding is that the type A versus type B distinction is in some cases encoded in the choice of phonophoric determinative, while other distinctions are only spuriously if at all reflected in the phonophoric subseries.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: network approaches – Historical Chinese Phonology – Chinese character formation – reconstruction of Old Chinese phonology
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
ISSN: 19336985
Copyright Statement: © Nathan W. Hill and Johann-Mattis List, 2019. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the prevailing CC-BY-NC License at the time of publication:
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Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 08:13
Funders: European Union

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