COGNATES IN CHINESE CHARACTERS: A PERSPECTIVE FROM LABIALIZATION OF VELARS
This paper appeals to dialect comparison, Xiesheng and the phonological rule of labialization of velars to explain some cognates in Chinese characters. It is concluded that ‘扒~飯’,‘崴wǎi~到腳', 'kàng放', 'bì' and 'guǎi柺蟆' make either respective homophone substitutes or individual coinages for '划' '踒' '放' '股' and '蛙' A theoretical implication lies in the possible existence of the medial y in Old Chinese. Abruptly changing current usage habit of Chinese characters is impractical. Instead of only pessimistic ally digging into the root of character problems, language workers shall positively identify polyphones in order to reduce the learning load of synonyms and to timely curb the development tendency of excessive semantic diversity for certain characters.