This paper identifies a Late Old Chinese word for silk in Mongolic and its comparanda in Old Uygur, Chagatay, New Persian, Jurchen, Manchu, Ewenki, and Solon. Routes of lexical borrowing are identified, and their likely historical contexts are discussed. This paper offers contributions to the study of early Chinese ethnolinguistic contact with neighboring peoples.
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PulleyblankEdwin G.“The Chinese and their neighbors in prehistoric and early historic times” in KeightleyD.N. (ed.) The Origins of Chinese Civilization (Berkeley: University of California Press1983): pp. 411-466.
ShimunekAndrewLanguages of Ancient Southern Mongolia and North China: A Historical-Comparative Study of the Serbi or Xianbei Branch of the Serbi-Mongolic Language Family with an Analysis of Northeastern Frontier Chinese and Old Tibetan Phonology (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag2017[Tunguso-Sibirica 40]).
ShimunekAndrewPost-publication Addenda et Corrigenda to Languages of Ancient Southern Mongolia and North China. Revised by the author on December 4 2017: http://www.academia.edu/34250361/Languages_of_Ancient_Southern_Mongolia_and_North_China_Addenda_et_Corrigenda_revised_2017_12_4_