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Guillaume Jacques

This article proposes a new reconstruction of two rhyme categories of Archaic Chinese. A series of dissimilatory changes caused mergers of the *-uj / *-ij and *-uj / *-ij distinctions in some environments by the time of the Shijing. This made opaque the relationship between 維, 非 and 雖 three important function words in Archaic Chinese. Using our new reconstruction, we will be able to explain their exact relationship and to disprove other etymologies on the basis of which 糸隹 is to be compared with 惠,爲 and copula in Tibeto-burman languages. Finally, the article offers a preliminary study of the phonological al rules in the fusion of words.

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Guillaume Jacques

This article shows the existence of a similar irregular alternation in the pronominal morphology of Chang Naga and Southem Qiang, two distantly related Sino-Tibetan languages. This pattern is argued to be the trace of an older case marking system. On the basis of this hypothesis, a new analysis of pronominal systems in various languages of the family is presented.

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Guillaume Jacques

Drawing from Tangut philological sources and from the author's personal fieldwork on the closely related Rgyalrong languages, this book is the first application of the comparative method to the study of Tangut. It contains a detailed account of Tangut historical phonology within the proposed Macro-Rgyalrongic group, and over twenty new sound laws are proposed. It also discusses the issue of language classification and the position of Tangut in the Sino-Tibetan family.

Basé sur la philologie tangoute et sur les études de terrain de l'auteur sur les langues rgyalrongs, qui y sont prochement apparentées, ce livre est la première application de la méthode comparative à l'étude du tangoute. Il contient une analyse détaillée de la phonologie historique du tangoute au sein du groupe macro-rgyalronguique proposé par l'auteur. Plus de vingt nouvelles lois phonétiques sont exposées pour la première fois. Il discute aussi de la question de la classification des langues et de la position du tangoute au sein de la famille sino-tibétaine.