Discussion of the Structure of the Qieyun and the Principles for Reconstructing Its Medials and Vowels

in Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics
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In the Qieyun, there are only four rhymes which contain characters that belong to two finals of different divisions. This paper analyzes the structure of these rhymes and explains why other characters of similar finals do not fall into one rhyme. The major purpose is to demonstrate that distinction of rhymes may be caused by phonemic or phonetic differences. Therefore, we have to take this principle into account when we reconstruct the medials and finals of each rhyme.

Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics



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