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Baxter–Sagart's (2014:135) view on *s.t-: Preinitial *s- had a range of effects on unaspirated stops and affricates . . . Old Chinese *s.t-, but not *s.tʕ-, evolves to MC sy- (plausibly [ɕ]), presumably through an intermediate stage [stɕ] that simplified to the Middle Chinese palatal fricative sy- under the influence of pre-initial *s: *s.t- > *stɕ- > ...


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In certain cases compound words and set phrases may be contracted into single characters. Some of these can be considered logograms, where characters represent whole words rather than syllable-morphemes, though these are generally instead considered ligatures or abbreviations (similar to scribal abbreviations, such as & for "et"), and as non-...


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Some dialect(Wenzhou Hua 温州话/one of the Wu yu 吴语)(and i’m one of thoes who speaks 温州话)was able to retain ancient pronunciations, in such dialect 少 is pronounced between xié and xué,or mixed。 温州话 is somewhat related to official spoken language in Song Dynasty 宋代。 温州方言发端于唐,成熟于宋,现在的温州话是当时士大夫所说的汉语 Whenzhou dialect was formed in Tang Dynasty, developed in Song. ...


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Another example is 戊、戌、戍。Even now, I still can't tell them apart. There is this famous 戊戌變法(I had to look up a dictionary to make sure this is the right way to write it。)If I see a combination of 戍戊變法、戌戊變法、戌戍變法 etc., I can't pick up the correct one.


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In fact, in the earliest known Chinese characters (oracles), the situation where two or even three syllables were represented in one character is not rare... However, by the Qin and Han Dynasties, the trend of Chinese characters being monosyllabic had almost wiped out disyllabic and polysyllabic characters in the text which has the value of preservation and ...


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