This is a study to compare the Cantonese and Taishanese initials (声母).

The tables follow the Guangyun (广韵) classification as adopted by the List of Dialect Characters (方言调查字表) published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Linguistics (中国社会科学院语言研究所).

Each table contains the collection of characters that share the same initial during the Early Middle Chinese (早期中古汉语) period. The upper left entry of each table contains a representation of the Early Middle Chinese reconstruction from which all the characters in the table inherit. The header row lists the modern-day IPA pronunciation of the Taishanese initials. The left column lists the modern-day IPA pronunciation of the Cantonese initials. All characters in the same row share the same modern-day Cantonese initial that heads the row. All characters in the same column share the same modern-day Taishanese initial that heads the column.

The character set is identical to the 2011 revison of the List of Dialect Characters (方言调查字表修订本) except for a few rare characters that I had difficulty entering electronically.

For an introduction and overview of the Middle Chinese phonology, please visit: zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中古汉语 .