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A Reconstruction of Proto-Yue Vowels
|Title:||A Reconstruction of Proto-Yue Vowels|
|Date Issued:||01 Mar 2009|
|Publisher:||University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics|
|Citation:||Huang, Karen. 2009. A Reconstruction of Proto-Yue Vowels. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 40(2).|
|Series:||University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics|
|Abstract:||This paper presents an alternative reconstruction of Proto-Yue vowels in the literary stratum. Opposed to previous studies, the rhyme categories are not considered. I analyze the literary stratum of eighteen Yue dialects and reconstruct the vowel system based on the comparative method. I reconstruct nine mo-nophthongs, nineteen diphthongs, and two triphthongs. Importantly, I reconstruct an advanced tongue root distinction, which is responsible for the yin-ru tone split in Proto-Yue. This study further suggests that the advanced tongue root distinction might be the “inner turn” vs. “outer turn” distinction in Middle Chinese, which will aid in a better understanding of Chinese historical phonology.|
|Rights:||Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License|
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