1st Edition

The History of Chinese Phonology Volume 2

By WANG Li Copyright 2024
    388 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the second volume of a two-volume set on the history of Chinese phonology, this book studies the history of phonology from the Yuan dynasty until modern times and discusses the four approaches of sound change.

    Based on abundant phonological materials, the author divides the history of Chinese phonology into nine historical periods, which helps illuminate its evolutions and principles. Following on from the first volume, the first part of this second volume deals with the initials, rhymes, and tones of Chinese phonology from the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) to modern times (since 1911), illustrating the diachronic sound changes with detailed tables. Based on an historical review of Chinese phonology, the second part of the book classifies sound changes via four major approaches: no change, gradual shift, split, and merger. It then analyzes the natural, conditional, and irregular sound changes, respectively, and the reasons for these changes.

    This title will be of great value for scholars and students studying Chinese phonology, Chinese linguistics, and readers interested in the essence of rhyming behind Chinese classic lyrics, poetry, drama, and other forms of verse.

    Part I: Chinese Phonology across Historical Periods (II)  1. Phonology of Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368)  2. Phonology of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368–1911)  3. Modern Phonology (Since 1911)  4. Tables for the Diachronic Sound Change  Part II: Principles of Sound Change  5. Four Main Approaches of Sound Change  6. Natural Change (I): The Sound Change of Consonants  7. Natural Change (II): The Change of Vowels  8. Natural Change (III): The Change of Tone  9. Conditional Change (I): The Influence of Initials on Finals  10. Conditional Change (II): The Influence of Finals on Initials  11. Conditional Change (III): The Influence of Division and Articulation on Finals  12. Conditional Change (IV): The Influence of Initials on Tones  13. Irregular Sound Change


    WANG Li (1900–1986) has been widely recognized as one of the founders of modern linguistics in China. He led extensive research on Chinese linguistics, covering areas such as phonetics, phonology, grammar, lexicography, historical linguistics, and dialectal studies.