A Handbook of Eastern Han Sound Glosses by W. South Coblin

By W. South Coblin

The middle of the paintings is a systematically prepared directory of 2,558 sound glosses and 345 Buddhist transcriptions. chinese language characters in every one access are provided with center chinese language and jap Han reconstructed kinds.

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7 Fu Qian Jiggt Fu Qian (HHS biography, p. Fil (about eighty kilometers east of Luoyang). In his youth he studied at the Imperial University in Luoyang. D. 184-9) he was appointed governor of Jiujiang Affi. He was later dismissed and fled to avoid political disturbances, dying shortly afterwards. Fu Qian wrote now lost commentaries on HS and Zuozhuan /Eff, one hundred direct sound andfanqie glosses from which are preserved as quotes in other sources. One loangraph and one paranomastic gloss survive from the Zuozhuan commentary.

T6Q7Daodijing MWig B. Zhi Loujiaqian ^MMW. D. 168-88. Among his collaborators were one Indian and three Chinese laymen, one from Luoyang, one from Nanyang (He-nan), and one from Nanhai (Canton). 1. >® 3. T 313 Echu foguo jing PJH^fl^ffi 4. T 418 Banzhou sanmeijing SfcrtrHftig 5. T458 Wenshushiliwenpusashu jing ita&WJraS^WS 6. T 626 Esheshi wangjing RSffi l:M C. D. 190. He worked with two Indian collaborators. 1\MXiuxingbenqijing fefi^ZSM 2. 3 Bailey (1946) has shown that the MC readings of early Chinese transcriptions can be used to make deductions about the languages of Buddhist texts translated into Chinese in Han times.

Ban Gu did not personally take part in the discussions. The names of at least eleven of the participants are known (Tjan, p. 163), and these individuals hailed from various different parts of China. The style of the text is catechetical. A question is posed, after which follows a reply. Then other differing opinions are appended. The material in the text is thus not from one hand or source but records different views and exegetical traditions. As a consequence it is very likely that the paranomastic glosses in the BHTY represent more than one EH dialect and perhaps also reflect stages of the language that predate the White Tiger Hall discussions.

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