By William H. Baxter
A guide of previous chinese language Phonology is the normal reference for the reconstruction of outdated chinese language, i.e. the language of the pre-Qin interval.
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Representation a/finals in the YunJlng As many as four different finals (not counting tonal distinctions) may be listed in a single chart of the Yunjing, but the finals in anyone chart all have the same coda (except that nlshLng has a final voiceless stop where the other tones have a final nasal), and probably had similar main vowels in Late Middle Chinese. g. lJ 'closed mouth') are used to indicate the presence or absence of medial -w- before the main vowel: hikeu indicates a medial ·w-, kdikeu indicates the absence of -K'-.
Middle Chinese linaIs in two adjacent tab~ of the YIlltjUtg ......... Chart 24 Owt23 ""'...... -.... rltlng qllshing rUshing Io/U. _"" ... _/ -
Rhymes. t! f.! dOng < tuwng 'east', and so on. t! DOng rhyme, for example, includes words with the two Middle Chinese finals -uwng and -juwng. Generally speaking, each pfngshLng rhyme has corresponding rhymes in sMngsheng and qwheng. Rhymes ending in nasal codas also have a corresponding rhyme in rwhLng. which ends in the corresponding voiceless stop; for example, MC -et is considered the rwhing counterpart of Me -en (pIng), -en)( (shdng), and -enIJ (qu). For convenience, the head character of the plngshing rhyme is often used to refer to the whole set of corresponding rhymes regardless of tone.
A Handbook of Old Chinese Phonology (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs) by William H. Baxter