Working to redefine our understanding of the pronunciation of Old Chinese, Zev Handel’s newest work, Old Chinese Medials and their Sino-Tibetan Origins: A Comparative Study, is a thorough investigation of Old Chinese medial elements and ideas surrounding the reconstruction of Old Chinese phonology. Handel employs new comparative evidence from Tibeto-Burman, as well as recent advances in the research of historical Chinese phonology and Tibeto-Burman comparative studies, to remodel current knowledge of Old Chinese phonology. Handel explores all the major medial elements and works to trace back developments from Old Chinese to its ancestral language, Proto-Sino-Tibetan.
Zev Handel is Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics in the Department of Asian Languages & Literature at the University of Washington. His research explores historical phonology, Chinese dialectology, Tibeto-Burman languages, comparative Sino-Tibetan linguistics, and Asian writing systems. Previous publications include “Rethinking the Medials of Old Chinese: Where are the R’s?” (2002), Northern Min Tone Values and the Reconstruction of “Softened Initials” (2003), and many others.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Simpson Center for Humanities and the Department of Asian Languages & Literature.