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Open Access Dating the Bifurcation of Min Colloquial Readings from Old Chinese: Another Look

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Dating the Bifurcation of Min Colloquial Readings from Old Chinese: Another Look

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This papers aims to determine the actual time when Min colloquial readings broke off from Old Chinese. There are five common vocabulary words in modern colloquial Min that are found in ancient texts of the Han time. This discovery reinforces the phonological arguments made in previous studies, namely, that the Min colloquial readings were directly derived from Old Chinese during the transition period from the Western Han to the Eastern Han.


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