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Phonographic Characters in the Biography of Xuanzang by Hui Li

The Declension of puruṣa (bùlùshā 布路沙)

Chiara Pette    Università degli Studi di Pavia    

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The article discusses an interesting case of the use of Chinese characters as phonographic devices: the Sanskrit declension of puruṣa (bùlùshā 布路沙) ‘man’ as transcribed by the Chinese monk Hui Li in his Biography of Xuanzang. In particular, the analysis will focus on two aspects: the way Hui Li renders the different Sanskrit nominal endings; the evaluation of the general accuracy of these transcriptions. For the latter point, I will take as reference the phonetic reconstructions of Chinese characters proposed by Pulleyblank (1991) and Baxter - Sagart (2014).

Published
June 26, 2023
Accepted
March 13, 2023
Submitted
Feb. 10, 2023
Language
EN

Keywords: Middle ChineseChinese historical phonologyChinese Rime TablesChinese siddham studiesSino-Indian contact

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