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W. South Coblin

Weldon South Coblin, Jr. (born February 26, 1944) is an American Sinologist, linguist, and educator, best known for his studies of Chinese linguistics and Tibetan.

W. South Coblin
Born (1944-02-26)February 26, 1944 (age 77)
Alma materUniversity of Washington (B.A., Ph.D.)
Scientific career
FieldsChinese linguistics, Tibetan linguistics
InstitutionsUniversity of Iowa
Doctoral advisorFr. Paul Serruys
Other academic advisorsLi Fang-Kuei
Jerry Norman
Chinese name
Chinese柯蔚南
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinKē Wèinán
Gwoyeu RomatzyhKe Weynan
Wade–GilesK'o Wei-nan

Coblin attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate student, graduating with a B.A. in Chinese in 1967. He then continued on at Washington as a graduate student under the Belgian Sinologist and clergyman Paul Serruys, earning a Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature in 1972 with a dissertation entitled "An Introductory Study of Textual and Linguistic Problems in Erh-ya". After completing his Ph.D., Coblin stayed at Washington for one year as a teaching associate, then in 1973 joined the faculty of the University of Iowa, where he spent his entire career.

Early in his career he made many important contributions to Tibetan and Sino-Tibetan linguistics, but since the mid-1990s has worked primarily on alphabetic representations of Chinese. Starting around that time along with Jerry Norman he promoted a new direction in Chinese historical phonology making less use of the Qieyun and other rhyme books, and more use of the traditional comparative method. Coblin is an emeritus professor at the University of Iowa.

  • Coblin, W. South (1972). "An Introductory Study of Textual and Linguistic Problems in Erh-ya", Ph.D. dissertation (University of Washington).
  • "Notes on Tibetan Verbal Morphology," T'oung Pao 52 (1976), pp. 45–70.
  • ——— (1983). A Handbook of Eastern Han Sound Glosses. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press. ISBN 962-201-258-2.
  • ——— (1986). A Sinologist's Handlist of Sino-Tibetan Lexical Correspondences. Monumenta Serica Monograph Series. 18. Nettetal: Steyler.
  • ——— (1991). Studies in Old Northwest Chinese. Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series. 4. Berkeley: Project on Linguistic Analysis, University of California.
  • ———; Norman, Jerry (1995). "A New Approach to Chinese Historical Linguistics". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 115 (4): 576–84. doi:10.2307/604728. JSTOR 604728.
  • ——— (1997). "Notes on the Sound System of Late Ming Guanhua". Monumenta Serica. 45: 261–307. doi:10.1080/02549948.1997.11731303.
  • ——— (2000). "A Brief History of Mandarin". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 120 (4): 537–52. doi:10.2307/606615. JSTOR 606615.
  • ——— (2000). "A Diachronic Study of Míng Guānhuà Phonology". Monumenta Serica. 48: 267–335. doi:10.1080/02549948.2000.11731346. S2CID 192485681.
  • ——— (2005). Comparative Phonology of the Huáng-Xiào Dialects. Taipei: Academia Sinica, Institute of Linguistics. ISBN 986-00-3149-5.
  • ——— (2007). A Handbook of 'Phags-pa Chinese. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3000-7.

W. South Coblin
W South Coblin Language Watch Edit Weldon South Coblin Jr born February 26 1944 is an American Sinologist linguist and educator best known for his studies of Chinese linguistics and Tibetan W South CoblinBorn 1944 02 26 February 26 1944 age 77 Alma materUniversity of Washington B A Ph D Scientific careerFieldsChinese linguistics Tibetan linguisticsInstitutionsUniversity of IowaDoctoral advisorFr Paul SerruysOther academic advisorsLi Fang Kuei Jerry NormanChinese nameChinese柯蔚南TranscriptionsStandard MandarinHanyu PinyinKe WeinanGwoyeu RomatzyhKe WeynanWade GilesK o Wei nanLife and career EditCoblin attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate student graduating with a B A in Chinese in 1967 He then continued on at Washington as a graduate student under the Belgian Sinologist and clergyman Paul Serruys earning a Ph D in Chinese language and literature in 1972 with a dissertation entitled An Introductory Study of Textual and Linguistic Problems in Erh ya After completing his Ph D Coblin stayed at Washington for one year as a teaching associate then in 1973 joined the faculty of the University of Iowa where he spent his entire career Early in his career he made many important contributions to Tibetan and Sino Tibetan linguistics but since the mid 1990s has worked primarily on alphabetic representations of Chinese Starting around that time along with Jerry Norman he promoted a new direction in Chinese historical phonology making less use of the Qieyun and other rhyme books and more use of the traditional comparative method Coblin is an emeritus professor at the University of Iowa Selected works EditCoblin W South 1972 An Introductory Study of Textual and Linguistic Problems in Erh ya Ph D dissertation University of Washington Notes on Tibetan Verbal Morphology T oung Pao 52 1976 pp 45 70 1983 A Handbook of Eastern Han Sound Glosses Hong Kong Chinese University Press ISBN 962 201 258 2 1986 A Sinologist s Handlist of Sino Tibetan Lexical Correspondences Monumenta Serica Monograph Series 18 Nettetal Steyler 1991 Studies in Old Northwest Chinese Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series 4 Berkeley Project on Linguistic Analysis University of California Norman Jerry 1995 A New Approach to Chinese Historical Linguistics Journal of the American Oriental Society 115 4 576 84 doi 10 2307 604728 JSTOR 604728 1997 Notes on the Sound System of Late Ming Guanhua Monumenta Serica 45 261 307 doi 10 1080 02549948 1997 11731303 2000 A Brief History of Mandarin Journal of the American Oriental Society 120 4 537 52 doi 10 2307 606615 JSTOR 606615 2000 A Diachronic Study of Ming Guanhua Phonology Monumenta Serica 48 267 335 doi 10 1080 02549948 2000 11731346 S2CID 192485681 2005 Comparative Phonology of the Huang Xiao Dialects Taipei Academia Sinica Institute of Linguistics ISBN 986 00 3149 5 2007 A Handbook of Phags pa Chinese Honolulu University of Hawaii Press ISBN 978 0 8248 3000 7 External links Edit Biography portal W South Coblin The University of Iowa Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title W South Coblin amp oldid 1000093323, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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