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Author Korn, Agnes
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword historical phonology ♦ Manichean script ♦ Armenian ♦ Parthian ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics
Abstract This article argues that the opposition between Old Iranian *č and *ǰ was preserved in Manichaean Parthian not only word-initially, but also in postvocalic position, at least at the time of the introduction of the Manichaean script. The approach is phonological, and attempts to show that Pth. /č/(< OIr. *č), written and , and Pth. /ž/ (< OIr. *ǰ and *ž), written , are consistently distinguished in the Manichaean script. Pth. /č/ may have developed a postvocalic allophone [ ǰ] (not affecting the phonematic opposition), which might have been a motivation for the use of the letter . Transcriptions into Sogdian script and the cantillations suggest a coalescence of the Pth. phonemes, but it is not clear whether this is a later development of the Pth. language itself or a peculiarity of the liturgical pronunciation of Parthian as practised by Manichaeans in Central Asia.
ISSN 0041977X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-01-01
e-ISSN 14740699
Journal Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Volume Number 73
Issue Number 3
Page Count 22
Starting Page 415
Ending Page 436