Hill, Nathan W. (2005) 'Once more on the letter འ.' Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 28 (2). pp. 107-137.
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W. S. Coblin, in a contribution (2002) to the ongoing iscussion about the phonetic value of the Tibetan letter ༢ (transcribed as v), has argued that this character has no phonetic value per se but is rather an orthographic device. A review of the previous literature and consideration of Coblin’s arguments in contrast agree with the finding that before vowels and the glide -w- the letter v represents a voiced fricative, while before consonants it stands for prenasalization; in the former position, the value [ɣ] is argued for. The use of final -v in Old Tibetan inscriptions suggests that in that position too -v has the value [ɣ]. Finally, with a view to the internal reconstruction of the Tibetan verbal system, consideration is given to the question of whether the various phonetic values of v- represent a unitary phoneme.
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|SOAS Departments & Centres:||Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia|
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|Depositing User:||Nathan Hill|
|Date Deposited:||14 Oct 2008 15:15|
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