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Rime Group
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The English-language term “rhyme group” (also spelled “rime group”) is commonly seen as a translation of three distinct terms in traditional Chinese phonology: yùn 韻, yùnbù 韻部, and shè 攝. 

The first term, yùn, is polysemous. It refers (a) to a part of a Chinese syllable; (b) to a set of characters that have been classified together within a rhyme book because their pronunciations are considered to rhyme. When referring to part of a syllable, yùn is always rendered in English as 'rhyme' (or 'rime'), never as 'rhyme group'. When referring to a set of characters, yùn is sometimes rendered in …

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Zev HANDEL, “Rime Group”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000361>
First published online: 2015

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