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Tibetan √lan ‘reply’

Hill, Nathan W. and Zadoks, Abel (2015) 'Tibetan √lan ‘reply’.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland (Third Series), 25 (1). pp. 117-121.

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Abstract

Recognizing the parallelism between the conjugation of a verb such as √lug 'pour' (pres. ldug, past blugs, fut. blug, imp. lhugs 'pour' and a verb such as √kru 'wash' (ḥkhrud, bkrus, bkru, khrus), Li Fang-Kuei suggests deriving the present stem ldug from a reconstruction *ḥlug (1933: 149). In this sub-case of Conrady's law, the change of *ḥl to ld- may be analyzed into the following changes: *ḥl > *ḥdl > *ḥld > ld (cf. Conrady 1896: 59, Li 1933: 149, Hill 2011: 446-447, Hill 2013: 193-195). This sound change obscures the synchronic relationship between verb forms beginning with ld- and other present formations, and the resultant synchronic opacity gives rise to analogical forms (e.g. the alternate present blug). Consequently, the dictionaries present a certain level of confusion about the paradigms of lateral initial verbs.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: Tibetan, laterals, verb morphology, ablaut
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
ISSN: 09504737
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1017/S1356186314000455
Depositing User: Nathan Hill
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 09:11
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19272

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