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Abstract : In this paper, we present a historical account for the tonal alternations observed in the Khaling verbal system. We show that most of these alternations can be explained by two series of sound change. First, level and falling tones appeared in closed syllables with sonorant and ob-struents codas respectively. Second, the loss of vowels in specific contexts lead to the development of additional falling tones. A residue of falling tones remain unaccounted for by the present reconstruction, but several hypotheses are proposed to explain their origin.

Keywords : Tonogenesis Syllable reduction Obstruents Kiranti Khaling

Author: Guillaume Jacques -



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