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Re: CHAT: Middle (Tang) Chinese phonology

From:Javier BF <uaxuctum@...>
Date:Monday, June 10, 2002, 4:40
I'm also interested in that subject. I found some
pages about it, but so far the information I've
found seems to be quite dispersed and incomplete.

For a start, have a look at:

But the best link I've found so far is this wonderful
etymological dictionary which you can entirely download
and which provides you the readings for thousands of
characters as reconstructed from the Qieyun, giving also
their nowadays Mandarin pronounciation so that you can
easily compare both forms and easily look for particular
character as the list is pinyin-alphabetically ordered;
you'll learn a lot from it, but bear in mind that the
sound system reconstructed from the Qieyun is surely
more complicated than the one used in any of the dialects
spoken during the Tang dynasty, since the Qieyun collection
compiles the rhyme distinctions of FIVE major literary
traditions of its time aiming to reflect the maximum number
of rhyme distinctions rather than the distinctions of
any single particular dialect:

Best regards,