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


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.