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On intransitive nasal prefixation in Sino-Tibetan languages

Abstract : The author discusses alternations of voiced and voiceless stop initials in intransitive/transitive pairs in Tibeto-Burman languages in the light of Chinese facts. He suggests that it is not necessary to suppose two distinct processes in proto-Tibeto-Burman to account for the facts, as Benedict's “alternation of root initial”, assigned by him to the Proto-Tibeto-Burman level, is probably only a special case of voicing under the effect of an intransitive nasal prefix.
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Laurent Sagart. On intransitive nasal prefixation in Sino-Tibetan languages. Cahiers de linguistique - Asie Orientale, CRLAO, 2006, 35 (1), pp.57-70. ⟨halshs-00103359⟩



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