​​​The Office of Dr. John Aguilar, Jr.

Current Graduate Research


Graduate student at University of Washington, Asian Languages and Literature department),  2019 to present


Current Research:

     - Phonological reconstruction of the Huángdì Nèijīng Sùwèn 黃帝内經素問 (Yellow

       Emperor's Inner Classic, Basic Questions)

               Brief background - The pronunciation of the characters comprising the

               Sùwèn is very different now then it was when the work was written. It is likely 

               the original rhymed (such an argument is posited by modern scholars

               such as Paul Unschuld and Herman Tessenow in their annotated translation

               of the Sùwèn).


               Phonological reconstruction is the science of investigating the original

               pronunciations of words. Reconstructing the Sùwèn allows for a unique

               avenue of analyzing the version of the Sùwèn we have now to uncover

               errors entered into the text over its long history of transmission.   

         

               Current inventory of reconstructions of terms (Updated 6/6/19)

                    Using the work of Axel Schuessler (Minimal Old Chinese and Later

                         Han Chinese: A Companion to Grammata Serica Recensa, 2009,                           Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, ISBN 978-0-8248-3264-3)

                    And giving Middle Chinese, Late Han, and Old Chinese reconstructions

                         alongside modern pīnyīn, Chinese character, and Guǎnyùn rime