Uvulars and uvularization in Tangut phonology

@article{Gong2020UvularsAU,
  title={Uvulars and uvularization in Tangut phonology},
  author={Xun Gong},
  journal={Language and Linguistics},
  year={2020},
  volume={21},
  pages={175-212}
}
  • Xun Gong
  • Published 2 April 2020
  • Linguistics
  • Language and Linguistics
Abstract Tangut, a mediaeval Qiangic language (Sino-Tibetan family) distinguishes three grades (děng等). The traditional Sofronov-Gong reconstruction of this distinction postulates different degrees of medial yod: Grade I {-O-}, Grade II {-i-}, Grade III {-j-}. The yods, however, are not supported by the transcriptional evidence. Based on cognates between Tangut and Rgyalrongic languages, this study proposes the uvularization hypothesis: Tangut syllables have contrastive uvularization. Grade I… 
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