ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, 2007 - Foreign Language Study - 656 pages
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This is the first genuine etymological dictionary of Old Chinese written in any language. Designed for use by nonspecialists and specialists alike, the dictionary is highly accessible, being arranged in alphabetical order and possessed of numerous innovative lexicographical features. Each entry offers one or more possible etymologies as well as reconstructed pronunciations and other relevant data. Words that are morphologically related are grouped together into "word families" that attempt to make explicit the derivational or other etymological processes that relate them. The dictionary is preceded by a substantive and significant introduction that outlines the author's views on the linguistic position of Chinese within Asia and details the phonological and morphological properties, to the degree they are known, of the earliest stages of the Chinese language and its ancestor.
  

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Contents

MORPHOLOGY AND WORD DERIVATION
12
direction and diathesis
38
INITIAL CONSONANTS
51
FINAL CONSONANTS
68
OLD CHINESE AND FOREIGN r
80
INITIAL AND MEDIAL J AND THE MC DIVISIONS I?
94
OLD CHINESE VOWELS AND THEIR FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS
102
TRANSLITERATIONS OF FREQUENTLY QUOTED LANGUAGES
119
Languages and language families in East Asia
131
DICTIONARY A Z
149
ENGLISH INDEX
639
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Axel Schuessler is professor emeritus at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

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