23 травня 2012

On béi and bei

I've recently came upon a blog post in which the author argues that 畀/俾 béi are different words that should be spelled differently.

The author suggests that béi comes from Classical Chinese. But Classical is transcribed 必至 in Guangyun, so it should have tone 3 (bei), not tone 2 (béi). I personally think it's quite possible that béi is completely unrelated to Classical bei at all...

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