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Multiple Origins of Tibetan o

Hill, Nathan W. (2011) 'Multiple Origins of Tibetan o.' Language and Linguistics, 12 (3). pp. 707-721.

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Abstract

Widespread agreement prevails that Tibetan o is the result of the merger of several distinct sounds in proto-Tibeto-Burman. Here I attempt to reconcile Matisoff and Gong’s presentations of the origins of Written Tibetan o, making fuller use of philological evidence than Matisoff and taking advantage of a more recent version of Old Chinese than Gong. A number of sound laws are proposed to explain the relevant vowel correspondences among Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISSN: 1606-822x
Depositing User: Nathan Hill
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2011 09:09
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/12124

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