Rime Tables and Rime Table Studies
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Rime tables (děngyùntú 等韻圖 ‘graded rime syllabary tables’) embody a traditional system for representing the phonology of Chinese that has had a deep and lasting influence on the study of historical Chinese linguistics. The rime tables have provided many of the basic conceptual tools and terminology used in the theory and methodology of Chinese phonology even today, as well as presented scholars with a rich source of evidence about the nature of Chinese pronunciation and its evolution from the earl…

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Richard VanNess SIMMONS, “Rime Tables and Rime Table Studies”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 18 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000362>
First published online: 2015



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