ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese by Axel Schuessler

By Axel Schuessler

This can be the 1st actual etymological dictionary of previous chinese language written in any language. As such, it constitutes a milestone in learn at the evolution of the Sinitic language crew. while prior reviews have emphasised the constitution of the chinese language characters, this pathbreaking dictionary locations basic emphasis at the sounds and meanings of Sinitic roots. in response to greater than 3 a long time of in depth research in fundamental and secondary resources, this thoroughly new dictionary locations previous chinese language squarely in the Sino-Tibetan language relations (including shut attention of diverse Tiberto-Burman languages), whereas paying due regard to different language households similar to Austroasiatic, Miao-Yao (Hmong-Mien), and Kam-Tai.

Designed to be used through nonspecialists and experts alike, the dictionary is very available, being prepared in alphabetical order and possessed of various leading edge lexicographical positive aspects. every one access bargains a number of attainable etymologies in addition to reconstructed pronunciations and different appropriate information. phrases which are morphologically comparable are grouped jointly into ''word families'' that try and make specific the derivational or different etymological strategies that relate them. The dictionary is preceded through a significant and important advent that outlines the author’s perspectives at the linguistic place of chinese language inside Asia and information the phonological and morphological homes, to the measure they're identified, of the earliest levels of the chinese and its ancestor. This creation, since it either summaries and synthesizes previous paintings and makes numerous unique contributions, capabilities as an invaluable reference paintings all by itself.

The ABC Etymological Dictionary of outdated chinese language is a huge success within the background of chinese language linguistics, providing many new hypotheses and systematically comparing and incorporating previous scholarship. will probably be warmly welcomed via students in a large choice of China- and Asia-related fields, together with early chinese, literature, tradition, and inspiration in addition to the wider cultural-linguistic panorama of prehistorical East and Southeast Asia.

Show description

Read Online or Download ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese PDF

Similar chinese books

Chinese (2nd Edition) (For Dummies)

The short and straightforward technique to learn how to communicate Mandarin Chinese

China has develop into an incredible impact on this planet at the present time, and Mandarin chinese language is the world's most generally spoken language. not just is China jam-packed with possibilities in company and politics, yet chinese language tradition, keeps to make its means into the western world.

With an up to date CD together with real-life conversations, chinese language For Dummies expands grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations—and incorporates a refreshed mini-dictionary whole with much more crucial vocabulary. uncomplicated vocabulary
Everyday conversations, together with mobile discussion and small talk
Speaking in ideal pitch and tone
Easy-to-understand grammar rules
Getting round in a Chinese-speaking country
Cultural references like conserving face, eating etiquette, and social mores
Also incorporated is an audio CD that includes genuine chinese language conversations through local chinese language audio system, which lets you listen how chinese language is admittedly spoken. Written by means of a number one chinese instructor within the usa, chinese language for Dummies introduces an often-daunting language to you in a fun-and-easy For Dummies manner.

CD-ROM/DVD and different supplementary fabrics will not be integrated as a part of the book dossier, yet can be found for obtain after buy.

Tone Sandhi: Patterns across Chinese Dialects

Matthew Chen's landmark learn deals the main finished research thus far of the wealthy and intricate styles of tone utilized in chinese language languages. chinese language has a large repertoire of tones that suffer usually staggering adjustments after they are attached in speech move. This tonal alternation is called tone sandhi.

The Hakka cookbook : Chinese soul food from around the world

Veteran nutrients author Linda Lau Anusasananan opens the area of Hakka cooking to Western audiences during this attention-grabbing chronicle that strains the country delicacies to its roots in a historical past of a number of migrations. starting in her grandmother’s kitchen in California, Anusasananan travels to her family’s domestic in China, and from there enthusiasts out to embody Hakka cooking around the globe—including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Peru, and past.

Additional resources for ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese

Example text

Ens 'be at ease' ST *(r)we 'rain' (-'t yun? ' WT rabs 'lineage' ST *wam 'blaze' (-+ yan3 iR:) These variants cannot be the result of early ST dialectal evolution, because they do not correspond in a systematic way to later branches of ST; also, on occasion, both are found in the same language, frequently CH. We may speculate that Ur-ST complex sound clusters might have been responsible, thus ST *sriI] vs. *k-srilJ ? > *sring vs. *k-siI]; or ST *lwam ? > *lam - *wam. Eventually, simple explanations may be found.

ST *smey, OTib. 4). MC zj- and initial voicelessness often have direct cognates with s-prefix in TB languages. Words with these initials, therefore, include material directly inherited from ST and belong to the oldest morphological layer in CH. However, words with MC initial s- (from earlier s-prefix) hardly ever have TB counterparts. Therefore, the ST *s- was still a productive morpheme in PCH which explains (a) its occurrence in uniquely CH words, and (b) its survival as MC s- because its meaning remained transparent.

The most common morphological tones are B shlingsheng and C qusheng. which together with initial voicing form a derivational system which marks direction and diathesis (§4). 4) (LHan after the graph): zhf tSg, *tg zhl 11::. tSgB, *tg? , qii] IT [khU A ] *khwg 'village' 3. Lushai khua H < khua. , biii S [pakJ *prak 'hundred' vs. WT brgya, WB d-ra A . The rare tone A 'derivations' are nouns from stems that have an inherent tone B, tone C, or a final stop consonant. 8). Rain yu [wa B] 'rain' > yu ~ [wa A ] 'sacrifice with prayer for rain' 'Rain' yu is a widely attested ST word; it can be set up as ST *wa?

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.52 of 5 – based on 15 votes