As the second volume of a two-volume set that studies the Chinese rhyme table, this book seeks to reconstruct the ancient rhyme tables based on the extant materials and findings.
A rhyme table is a tabulated tool constituted by phonological properties, which helps indicate the pronunciation of sinograms or Chinese characters, marking an accurate and systematic account of the Chinese phonological system. The book first explores the relationship and identifies the prototype of the extant rhyme tables. Then the principles and methods for collating and rebuilding the ancient rhyme table are introduced. It then looks at the general layout, including tables, table order, shè, zhuǎn, rhyme heading, rhyme order, light and heavy articulations, rounded and unrounded articulations, and initials. The final chapter presents the reconstructed rhyme tables with detailed annotations and add-on indexes.
The book will appeal to scholars and students studying Sinology, Chinese linguistics, and especially Chinese phonology.