Chinese loans in Old Vietnamese with a sesquisyllabic phonology

  title={Chinese loans in Old Vietnamese with a sesquisyllabic phonology},
  author={Gong Xun},
  journal={Journal of Language Relationship},
  pages={55 - 72}
  • G. Xun
  • Published 1 February 2019
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of Language Relationship
While consonant clusters, taken broadly to include presyllables, are commonly hypothesized for Old Chinese, little direct evidence is available for establishing the early forms of specific words. This essay examines a hitherto overlooked source: Old Vietnamese, a language substantially attested in a single document, which writes certain words, monosyllabic in modern Vietnamese, in an orthography suggesting sesquisyllabic phonology. For a number of words loaned from Chinese, Old Vietnamese… 

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