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William H. Baxter

William H. Baxter
Born (1949-03-03)March 3, 1949
New York City
Residence United States
Nationality United States
Fields Linguistics
Institutions University of Michigan
Alma mater Cornell University
Doctoral advisor Nicholas Bodman
Known for Reconstruction of Old Chinese
Chinese name
Chinese 白一平

William H. Baxter (born March 3, 1949) is a professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Michigan. His specialty is the history of the Chinese language. He earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1977 at Cornell University.[1]

Baxter's A Handbook of Old Chinese Phonology[2] is the standard reference for the reconstruction of Old Chinese, i.e. the language of the pre-Qin period. He is currently collaborating with Laurent Sagart at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris on an improved reconstruction of the pronunciation, vocabulary, and morphology of Old Chinese.[3] A reconstruction for 4000 sinograms have been published online.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Curriculum Vitae, William H. Baxter.
  2. ^ Baxter, William H. (1992), A Handbook of Old Chinese Phonology, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter,  
  3. ^ "Sounds from the Ground: Recently Excavated Warring-States Texts and the Linguistic Reconstruction of Early Chinese", Winter 2010 Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture Series – Bill Baxter.
  4. ^ Baxter, W; Sagart, L, Baxter-Sagart Old Chinese reconstruction (v. 1.00), retrieved 2012-12-11 

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