An Etymological Dictionary of Common Chinese Characters

An Etymological Dictionary of Common Chinese Characters
Author: William H. Baxter
Publication date: 2002
Number of pages: 201

Format / Quality: PDF – zip – Excellent Quality
Size: 2,35MB

This is a very preliminary version of a planned etymological dictionary of common Chinese characters. It contains entries for something over 5,000 common
Chinese characters. Each entry gives the standard Mandarin pronunciation in pïnyïn romanization (tones indicated by a suffixed 1, 2, 3, 4, in this preliminary
version; ‘5’ indicates neutral tone), a character in its traditional, simplified, and (in most cases) Japanese forms, and its pronunciation in Middle Chinese (the pronunciation codified in the Qièyùn system of rhyme dictionaries) according to the transcription system presented in my Handbook of Old Chinese phonology (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992). For some entries, Sino-Japanese readings have also been added:
‘KO’ indicates Kan’on , ‘GO’ indicates Go’on , and ‘KYO’ indicates Kan’yö’on . Sino-Japanese pronunciations are given first in a romanized transcription of the rekishiteki kanazukai or historical kana spelling which was used until the post–World War II script reform, and then in the Hepburn romanization system. (Note that not all Sino-Japanese pronunciations are in common
use today.)


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