Děng 等 (Division and Rank)
(3,695 words)

1. Introduction

Děng 等 (‘division’, ‘rank’, or ‘grade’) is a key term in Chinese historical phonology. The original meaning of děng in is in reference to the four rows found in early ; their correlation with character pronunciations remains a matter of uncertainty and debate. However, from the 17th century onwards, scholars began to redefine děng as a classif…

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Ruiqing SHEN, “Děng 等 (Division and Rank)”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 25 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000117>
First published online: 2015

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