Pee-Qieyun phenomena in old Sino-Korean

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This study aims to demonstrate the existence of pr e-Qieyun phenomena in the Old Sino-Korean Corpus. According to the toponyms in the Samkwuk saki (1145), the alveolar stop (Duan) initials of Old Chinese remained unchanged in Old Sino-Korean regardless of the degree to which they changed to palatalized or retroflexed stops in the Middle Chinese period. The palatalized alveolar stop CZhang) initials of Old Chinese were also realized as unpalatalized alveolar stops in Old Sino-Korean, while they changed to affricates in Middle Chinese. Based upon these findings, this article argues that the Chinese characters were transmitted to ancient Korea at latest by the fourth to fifth centuries A.D.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-101
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Chinese Linguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001 Jan

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