1st Edition

The Chinese Rhyme Tables Volume II

By Pan Wenguo Copyright 2024
    272 Pages 364 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the second volume of a two-volume set that studies the Chinese rhyme tables, this book seeks to reconstruct the ancient rhyme tables based on the extant materials and findings.

    A rhyme table is a tabulated tool constituted by phonological properties, which helps indicate the pronunciation of sinograms or Chinese characters, marking an accurate and systematic account of the Chinese phonological system. The book first explores the relationship and identifies the prototype of the extant rhyme tables. Then the principles and methods for collating and rebuilding the ancient rhyme table are introduced. It then looks at the general layout, including tables, table order, shè, zhuǎn, rhyme heading, rhyme order, light and heavy articulations, rounded and unrounded articulations, and initials. The final chapter presents the reconstructed rhyme tables with detailed annotations and add-on indexes.

    The book will appeal to scholars and students studying Sinology, Chinese linguistics, and especially Chinese phonology.

    1. Status of the extant rhyme tables  2. The principles and methods used for reconstructing the ancient rhyme tables  3. The reconstruction of the ancient rhyme tables


    Pan Wenguo is a tenured professor and doctoral supervisor at East China Normal University and the honorary president of the Chinese Association for Comparative Studies between English and Chinese. He is a renowned linguist and has had a significant impact on fields of Chinese linguistics, including sinogram ontology, word formation, and rhyme divisions, and also Chinese-English comparative studies, translation theory and practice, and linguistic philosophy.