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Revising the Sound Value of Meroitic D: A Phonological Approach

Rowan, Kirsty (2009) 'Revising the Sound Value of Meroitic D: A Phonological Approach.' Beitrage zur Sudanforschung, 10 .

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The Meroitic sign d and its cursive equivalent d have been the subject of a number of investigations into its origins but particularly into attributing a sound value. In trying to deduce a correlative sound value to this sign, Griffith used comparative forms from Greek and Egyptian, although these forms gave contradictory indications. This led to an unstable proposal that the Meroitic sign d d represents a retroflex consonant, although this proposal and subsequent affirmations of its retroflex nature did not consider empirical and typological phonological evidence for this association. This paper revisits the comparative forms used in proposing the retroflex nature of the sign d d and uses a phonological approach in proposing a revision of its sound value.

Item Type: Journal Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 10109072
Depositing User: Kirsty Rowan
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2012 16:43
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/12838


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