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Oct
14
reviewed Satisfactory Various ways of saying OK?
Oct
14
reviewed Excellent What is the difference between 七夕节 and 情人节?
Oct
14
reviewed Excellent How to use 如 to make comparisons or analogies
Oct
14
reviewed Leave Open What does the word pronounced as “ma” in cantonese chinese mean in English?
Oct
14
comment What does the word pronounced as “ma” in cantonese chinese mean in English?
FYI, ma is a valid representation of /maː/ if you're using Yale Romanization.
Oct
9
comment About Confucius' Ta-Hio
@StumpyJoePete I was considering writing up what we have here as an answer, wanted to research a few more pieces before doing so. One missing link is how modern Mandarin ended up with xué as the pronunciation for 學. From what I've been able to find so far, the expected pronunciation should be xiao, which would also match the expected evolution of "hio", and indeed I have found some sources indicating that xiáo is an alternative pronunciation for 學. This may be related to the fact that the etymologically-related word 覺 has two readings: jué and jiào.
Oct
7
comment About Confucius' Ta-Hio
@user58955 Legge appears to have transliterated it as Ta Hëŏ, which is close.
Oct
7
comment About Confucius' Ta-Hio
Based on the transcription alone, my guess is that it's from a northern dialect (due to the absence of the final -k in 學). The initial h- in 學 indicates that it's either from a time before the palatalization of Mandarin initial consonants (roughly 200-400 years ago, hi- and hü- became modern Mandarin xi- and xu-), or from a dialect that wasn't affected by palatalization (with which I'm not familiar). However, a Google search for "Ta Hio" seems to result in many citations of Ezra Pound, who is a relatively modern author. I don't know whether the term predates Pound though.
Oct
7
comment What does “ backtick escapes ” mean in chinese?
@user58955 corrected... thanks!
Oct
7
revised What does “ backtick escapes ” mean in chinese?
edited per user58955's comment
Oct
7
answered What does “ backtick escapes ” mean in chinese?
Oct
6
reviewed Close Could somebody help fill in these blanks
Oct
6
reviewed Leave Open How to come from 二百五 to 二百九?
Oct
3
reviewed No Action Needed Could somebody help fill in these blanks
Oct
3
comment Reasons for Chinese changing from monosyllabic to disyllabic?
@user58955 I'm still partial to the homophone-avoidance explanation; it has a certain truthiness to it that's hard to abandon, and my personal belief is that it probably played some role in the shift to greater disyllabicity in modern Chinese. However, the source I cited does give good explanations for why it's not the primary factor in this shift.
Oct
3
comment Reasons for Chinese changing from monosyllabic to disyllabic?
In your example passage, would analyze 公 as an anaphor for 曹操 rather than a direct replacement. For that reason it would probably be more appropriate to translate it into the modern 他. In general though, the style of written Classical Chinese uses a lot of anaphora, resulting in very concise text, which is why some question whether the spoken language upon which it originally was based was really monosyllabic to begin with.
Oct
2
answered Reasons for Chinese changing from monosyllabic to disyllabic?
Sep
5
revised 份, 个, 本, 两: How do they function in these sentences?
Add note about measure word/classifier distinction
Sep
5
revised 份, 个, 本, 两: How do they function in these sentences?
Add link to classifier also
Sep
4
answered 份, 个, 本, 两: How do they function in these sentences?