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.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of Chinese Linguistics|
|State||Published - 2001 Jan|