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By W. South Coblin

The middle of the paintings is a systematically prepared directory of 2,558 sound glosses and 345 Buddhist transcriptions. chinese language characters in every one access are provided with center chinese language and jap Han reconstructed varieties.

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3 below. Several further potentially obscuring factors pointed out by Ziircher (p. 179) are: (1) possible distortions introduced into the pronunciation of Indie words by Central Asian missionaries, (2) imperfect perception of foreign sounds by the Chinese assistants who made the transliterations, (3) difficulties involved in segmenting foreign polysyllabic words in order to transcribe them with Chinese characters. These problems make it very difficult to arrive at exact values for the sounds of BTD.

1217-23) was a native of KaifengDBfi. After pursuing an official career in various parts of central and west China he retired and died in his native place. He wrote a no longer extant commentary on ZL which is occasionally quoted in Zheng Xuan's ZL commentary. He is always referred to by his official title, Zheng Dafu±^, in these citations. Thirteen of his loangraph glosses occur in our data. This corpus is too small to serve as the basis for a phonological reconstruction; but if we assume that Zheng Xing spoke the same language as his son, Zheng Zhong, we can then combine their material and reconstruct one dialect for both of them.

1. Sanskrit dental stops + y often correspond to Prakrit palatals (Woolner 1928:21; Pischel 1900:197, section 280; Burrow 1937:15). : 27 $TB! 166a WHP6 9 Skt. vidya;cf. Gd. atyanta;cf. P. accanta, Gd. jina Skt. citta It therefore seems safe to conclude that earlier dentals followed by y had become palatalized in the underlying language(s) of the BTD texts. 2. Sanskrit intervocalic c and / were often lost in the Prakrits (Woolner 1928:11). In GandharT they became -y- (Burrow 1937:6; Brough 1962:86).

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