The historical development of inverse marking in Khroskyabs: evidence from two modern varieties – Siyuewu and Wobzi
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 23 July 2020
This paper describes the inverse marking systems of two closely related Khroskyabs varieties, Siyuewu and Wobzi, and hypothesizes the historical development of the Khroskyabs inverse marking system. I propose that a hypothetical prefix, *Cə-, which is probably related to the second person markers attested in many Trans-Himalayan languages, existed in Proto-Khroskyabs, and that it has different reflexes in the two modern Khroskyabs varieties.
- Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies , Volume 83 , Issue 2 , June 2020 , pp. 259 - 281
- Copyright © SOAS University of London, 2020
I use the Wylie transliteration of Tibetan in this paper (Wylie 1959). I follow the Leipzig Glossing Rules, additional abbreviations are: dir: directional prefix; inv: inverse; orien: orientational prefix; nvis: non-visual; conj: conjunction; pn: personal name; interj: interjection; trans: translocative; ifr: inferential; repeat: repetition; dub: dubitative; pot: potential; neg2: negative marker mæ-/mɑ- in Wobzi that appears only after orientational prefixes; neg3: negative marker mɑ- in Wobzi that appears in the past tense of verbs incompatible with orientational prefixes; part: sentence final particle.
This research was supported by the ERC Starting Grant 715618 CALC. I would like to thank Guillaume Jacques, Scott DeLancey, Zhang Shuya, Gong Xun and the two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions.