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Děng 等 (Division and Rank)
(3,716 words)

1. Introduction

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

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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 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000117>
First published online: 2015

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