The author wishes to thank Nathan Hill and two anonymous reviewers for comments on this paper.
An Internal Reconstruction of Tibetan Stem Alternations1
Article first published online: 24 APR 2012
© The author 2012. Transactions of the Philological Society © The Philological Society 2012
Transactions of the Philological Society
Volume 110, Issue 2, pages 212–224, July 2012
How to Cite
Jacques, G. (2012), An Internal Reconstruction of Tibetan Stem Alternations. Transactions of the Philological Society, 110: 212–224. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.2012.01293.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 24 APR 2012
Tibetan verbal morphology differs considerably from that of other Sino-Tibetan languages. Most of the vocalic and consonantal alternations observed in the verbal paradigms remain unexplained after more than a hundred years of investigation: the study of historical Tibetan morphology would seem to have reached an aporia. This paper proposes a new model, explaining the origin of the alternations in the Tibetan verb as the remnant of a former system of directional prefixes, typologically similar to the ones still attested in the Rgyalrongic languages.