Sun Yuwen (Peking University, China) “Critical Comments on the Reconstruction of Archaic Chinese Affixes”

Abstract:

Since the twentieth century some scholars devoting themselves to the study of Chinese historical phonology have attempted to demonstrate that many Archaic Chinese single-characters can be categorized into root and affix, namely, some Chinese single-characters consist of roots and affixes. They have given two evidences for their proposition: One is that there are homogeneous words with the same roots in Archaic Chinese; the other is the Sino-Tibetan comparison. This article researches their proposition and concludes that the materials of Archaic Chinese do not currently support any affix, and that the current Sino-Tibetan comparative study cannot offer convincing evidences.

Advertisements