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Once more on the letter འ

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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: © the Regents of the University of California
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
ISSN: 07313500
Copyright Statement: © the Regents of the University of California
Depositing User: Nathan Hill
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2008 15:15
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5632


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