The syllable in old chinese: Sub-syllabic processes, syllable structure, and the status of medial glides

Dong Bo Hsu*

*此作品的通信作者

研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

5 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

How to represent a syllable is by no means a settled question in generative grammar. This paper employs the diagnostic tool Replace (X) to examine the sub-syllabic constituency in Old Chinese (OC) by virtue of two types of directional reduplication data: progressive and retrogressive reduplication. This paper finds that the OC syllable is comprised of onset, nucleus, and rhyme, which have different representations in the syllable structure. This paper also argues that the OC tone should be represented in terms of another independent plane, i. e., adjoining to the whole syllable rather than the rhyme sub-syllabic constituent, on the basis of the rhyming in Shijing 'Book of Odes'. The OC medial glides -j- and -w- show an asymmetric status in syllable structure. The former tends to be aligned with the rhyme, while the latter tends to be aligned with onset. Comparing with other OC syllable structures, it is found that theoretical analyses reveal certain aspects of sub-syllabic processes, such as the placements of medial glides, and help us to examine syllabic representations such as tone representation, all of which may not be detected by direct observation of a maximal syllable in OC. Furthermore, a comparison of syllable structures in OC and Middle Chinese suggests that syllable structure, as well as other phonological phenomena, underwent great changes from OC to Middle Chinese or Guangyun phonology.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)361-395
頁數35
期刊Journal of East Asian Linguistics
18
發行號4
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2009 十二月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 語言與語言學
  • 語言和語言學
  • 科學史與哲學

指紋

深入研究「The syllable in old chinese: Sub-syllabic processes, syllable structure, and the status of medial glides」主題。共同形成了獨特的指紋。

引用此