Weldon south coblin

Weldon South Coblin is a linguist and sinologist. He was a student of Li Fang-Kuei. Early in his career he made many important contributions to Tibetan and Tibeto-Burman linguistics, but since the mid-1990s has worked primarily on alphabetic representations of Chinese. Starting around that time along with Jerry Norman he promoted a new direction in Chinese historical phonology making less use of the Qieyun and other rhyme books, and more use of the traditional comparative method. Coblin is an emeritus professor at the University of Iowa.


  • Coblin, W.S. 1976 "Notes on Tibetan Verbal Morphology," T'oung Pao 52, pp. 45–70
  • Coblin, W.S. 1987, "A note on Tibetan mu", in Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 166–168.
  • Coblin, W.S. 1994, "An Old Tibetan variant for the word 'fox'", in Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 117–119. cite.
  • Coblin, W.S. 2002, "On certain functions of 'a-chung in early Tibetan transcriptional texts", in Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 169–184. cite.
  • Coblin, W.S. 2006, "Two Notes on Táng-time Tibetan Transcriptions of Chinese", in Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 133–136.
  • Coblin, W.S. 2007, A Handbook of 'Phags-pa Chinese. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3000-7

External links

Biography portal
  • http://www.uiowa.edu/~asll/faculty/coblin-fac.shtml

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