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How Do We Reconstruct Old Chinese?

Edwin G. Pulleyblank
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 112, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1992), pp. 365-382
DOI: 10.2307/603076
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/603076
Page Count: 18
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How Do We Reconstruct Old Chinese?
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Abstract

Desiderata for placing the reconstruction of Old Chinese on a more solid foundation and making it subject to commonly accepted critical standards are discussed under the following headings: (1) the need to use the best linguistic theory available, (2) the need to get one's reconstruction of Middle Chinese right as the essential foundation for reconstructing Old Chinese, (3) the role of typology in guiding one's reconstruction, (4) the need to use all available evidence and not to give a privileged position to any one class of evidence.

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