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A linguistic study of Pʻi pa chi rhymes Na, Zongxun

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The purpose of this study was to study the rhymes in P'i Pa Chi, a drama from South China in the Yuan Dynasty. To achieve this purpose the rhyme words of P'i Pa Chi were gathered and divided into rhyming categories. These were compared with earlier and contemporary phonological works such as rhyme tables, rhyme dictionaries etc. and some particular problems were studied. P'i Pa Chi's rhyme categories, of course, cannot provide every single detail of real speech, but they do indicate certain differences as compared with contemporary Northern Drama which are important clues to an understanding of the phonological phenomena in Southern China in the Yuan Dynasty.

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