New book: Chinese historical phonology
|From:||Jay Bowks <jjbowks@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 13, 1999, 2:27|
With all the talk on Mandarin phonology this should be of interest...
once more a shameless cross polination from HistLing email list
LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPA@...>
>CHINESE HISTORICAL PHONOLOGY
>A Compendium of Beijing and Cantonese Pronunciations of Characters and
>their Derivations from Middle Chinese
>John Newman & Anand V. Raman; Massey University; John Hopkins University
>This volume is an explicit summary of the phonological histories of
>Beijing and Cantonese dialects, based on earlier accounts proposed by
>Matthew Chen and John Newman and which appeared in the Journal of
>Chinese Linguistics (1976, 1984/1985). Approximately 2,700 characters
>appear here with their Middle Chinese reconstructions (the 'Simplified
>Middle Chinese' reconstructions proposed by Chen) and arranged by their
>Middle Chinese rime, initial, and tone class. For each character, the
>complete derivations (as sequences of rule labels) from Middle Chinese
>to Beijing pronunciation and from Middle Chinese to Cantonese
>pronunciation are given, including indications of exceptional
>application or non-application of rules. A full statement of the regular
>phonological rules referred to in the derivations is provided. The
>meanings of the characters (in English) are also included. A Hanyu
>Pinyin-Middle Chinese index enables the reader to determine the Middle
>Chinese reconstruction from the Hanyu Pinyin representation. The detail
>of Beijing and Cantonese phonological histories is here made accessible
>to linguists outside the specialist field of Sinology. The material is
>explicit, comprehensive, and transparent in a way which will be
>appreciated by Sinologists and non-Sinologists alike.
>The enclosed disk contains the data relevant to Part 3 of Newman and
>Raman's "Chinese Historical Phonology". In particular, it contains
>approximately 2,700 Chinese characters (as encapsulated Postscript
>files), Simplified Middle Chinese reconstructions, the modern reflexes
>of these reconstructions in Beijing and Cantonese dialects, and the
>sequences of phonological rules to derive each of the modern reflexes.
>The material allows one to carry out original computational linguistic
>tasks on the data, such as searches for phonetic forms, rules, sequences
>of rules, and exceptions to rules.
>The data has been compiled for LaTeX (a free and easily downloadable
>software application) and users should have this software to enjoy the
>full benefit of the diskette. However, the files can also be opened and
>edited using ordinary text editors. The fonts are transcribed for
>processing with wsuipa, the Washington State University's IPA font for
>LaTeX. Characters and phonetic transcriptions do not appear as such on
>screen, but can be printed out as in Newman and Raman's book. Available
>for both PC and Mac.
>ISBN 3 89586 543 3.
>LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 27.
>Ca. 240 pp. USD 70 / DM 107 / pound sterling 38. July 1999.
>CD-ROM ISBN 3 89586 588 5. USD 28 / DM 42 / # 16.40. July 1999.
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