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  • proper n. Chinese language spoken during Southern and Northern Dynasties and the Sui, Tang, and Song dynasties (6th century - 10th century)


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  • Prefix deletion is a common change in Middle Chinese which is half the reason why modern Chinese seems so completely removed from its original pronunciation.

    Fun with Old Chinese rhymes

  • Min is the only branch of Chinese that cannot be directly derived from Middle Chinese.

    Two by Adams

  • There needs no 'lack' in a language to motivate borrowing, as is evident by the fact that Japanese continues to use numerals originally borrowed from Middle Chinese (ichi, ni, san) side-by-side with its older, native set (hitotsu, futatsu, mittsu).

    Enticed by a drunken thought

  • If we take our cues from Middle Chinese however, we might expect that the offending onset element was simply deleted.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • It is afterall to be expected for voiceless codas to produce such tones as we see in, say, Middle Chinese and other budding tonal languages.

    Winter's Law in Balto-Slavic, "Hybrid Theory" and phonation - Part 1

  • In the first word, the prefix *b- has been omitted in Middle Chinese while *p- in the second word is not a prefix and therefore remains intact.

    Fun with Old Chinese rhymes

  • If that's correct, that makes sense to me because Indic short vowels would then become Old/Middle Chinese short vowels... so then to respond to your question, there is nothing abnormal about the vowels at all, only in our modern understanding of the phonetics of Old and Middle Chinese.

    Fun with Old Chinese rhymes

  • This changing in the number of tones from 8 to 4 is just as innovative as from 8 to 10; it is not "un-innovating" or purifying the language of innovations either, as the 4 tones of Standard Mandarin are not the 4 tones of Middle Chinese.

    Fun with Old Chinese rhymes

  • All modern varieties of Chinese experienced a "Yin-Yang" split in the four tones of Middle Chinese.

    Fun with Old Chinese rhymes

  • This is apparent because different dialects of Mandarin preserve different tones of the eight tone system of Middle Chinese.

    Fun with Old Chinese rhymes


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