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Old Chinese: A New Reconstruction

William H. Baxter and Laurent Sagart


This book introduces a new linguistic reconstruction of the phonology, morphology, and lexicon of Old Chinese, the first Sino-Tibetan language to be reduced to writing. It is the language of the earliest Chinese classical texts (1st millennium BCE) and the ancestor of later varieties of Chinese, including all modern Chinese dialects. Although the reconstruction has its basis in earlier research, it moves beyond earlier reconstructions by taking into account important new evidence that has recently become available: better documentation of Chinese dialects that preserve archaic features, like t ... More

Keywords: Old Chinese, Sino-Tibetan, reconstruction, phonology, comparative method, morphology, lexicon, etymology, loanwords

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199945375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William H. Baxter, author
University of Michigan

Laurent Sagart, author
Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l'Asie orientale (Paris)

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