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A Note on Voicing Alternation In The Tibetan Verbal System

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  • Nathan W. Hill

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    1. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    • Department of China and Inner Asia and Department of Linguistics

      School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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      Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, UK

      Email: nh36@soas.ac.uk

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Abstract

A recent paper on the prehistory of the Tibetan verbal system by Guillaume Jacques (2012), in keeping with many previous authorities, presents Tibetan verbs as occurring in pairs, with a voiced intransitive and a voice-alternating transitive member. However, as noticed by Uray, Tibetan verbs occur in triplets with no relationship between voicing and transitivity.

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