Qi Lin Bayin

Qi Lin Bayin

Qī Lín Bāyīn (戚林八音, Foochow Romanized: Chék Lìng Báik-ĭng), sometimes translated as Book of Eight Sounds or Book of Eight Tones in English, is a Chinese rime book of approximately ten thousand characters based on the earlier form of the Fuzhou dialect. First compiled in the 17th century, it is the pioneering work of all written sources for Min languages, and is widely quoted in modern academic research in Chinese phonology.

Qī Lín Bāyīn is in fact a combination of two dictionaries (戚參將八音字義便覽, The Eight Sounds of General Qi and a Convenient Prospectus of Word Meaning) and Lín (太史林碧山先生珠玉同聲, The Homonyms of Pearl and Jade by the Honorable Lin Bishan). The compilation date of the former antecedes that of the latter.

Read more about Qi Lin Bayin:  Authorship, Role in Early Studies of Fuzhou Dialect

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