dimidiation


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According to Boltz, "The bisyllabification, or dimidiation...is the result of vocalic epenthesis between the two consonants of the initial cluster, thus [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] > [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] eventually yielding two syllables, the first of which became through assimilation a near or perfect rime of the second ...
There is evidence of a quite different kind than proposed by Boodberg and Boltz of something that might more legitimately be called "dimidiation." There is good reason to believe that Old Chinese at one time had unaccented presyllables comparable to prefixed g-, d-, b-, m- in Tibetan, written before the proper root initial as if they were followed by an unaccented schwa vowel.
(32.) An entry in the Erya [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII TEXT] (Shiqi [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII TEXT]) which gives "bu lU wel zhi bi [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII TEXT]" (bu Iu or *pj9g lju[CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]t is referred to as bi 'brush') is a good example of dimidiation. Li Fanggui (1971: 35) reconstructs *blj[CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] t in Old Chinese before it changed to *lju[CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]t in Han times.