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History of the Chinese language, history of dialects; non-Chinese languages of China; methodology of historical lingistics; semantic theory; distant language relationships.
202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111 Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608
Office Location(s): 5163 STB
Professor Baxter specializes in historical linguistics; his book A Handbook of Old Chinese Phonology (Mouton DeGruyter, 1992) presents a reconstruction of the pronunciation of Old Chinese-the language of the earliest Chinese literary texts. His recent publications deal with the history of Chinese and its dialects, linguistic approaches to early Chinese literature, and the methodology of historical linguistics. He holds a join appointment with the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Tisch HallRoom 1029435 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI