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Aspirated and Unaspirated Voiceless Consonants in Old Tibetan

Hill, Nathan W. (2007) 'Aspirated and Unaspirated Voiceless Consonants in Old Tibetan.' 語言暨語言學 / Languages and Linguistics, 8 (2). pp. 471-493.

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Abstract

Although Tibetan orthography distinguishes aspirated and unaspirated voiceless consonants, various authors have viewed this distinction as not phonemic. An examination of the unaspirated voiceless initials in the Old Tibetan Inscriptions, together with unaspirated voiceless consonants in several Tibetan dialects confirms that aspiration was either not phonemic in Old Tibetan, or only just emerging as a distinction due to loan words. The data examined also affords evidence for the nature of the phonetic word in Old Tibetan.

Item Type: Journal Articles
Keywords: Tibetan orthography, aspiration, Old Tibetan
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
ISSN: 1606822X
Depositing User: Nathan Hill
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2008 10:47
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5612

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