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Reduction in Burmese Compounds

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dc.contributor.author Burgdorf, Dan Cameron
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-08T22:33:41Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-08T22:33:41Z
dc.date.issued 2020-05-08
dc.identifier.issn 1836-6821
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10524/52465
dc.description.abstract Burmese is a sesquisyllabic language that allows major syllables to be reduced to minor syllables in certain circumstances. This occurs in many compounds, where the first word may reduce its final syllable. Previous descriptions of Burmese have relied on limited data and concluded that this reduction is unpredictable. This paper more thoroughly examines Burmese compounds, distinguishing different types and uncovering patterns in reduction. Reduction only occurs in a certain subset of nominal compounds, and is phonologically sensitive: with extremely few exceptions, only high and level tone syllables reduce, not creaky or checked tone.
dc.format.extent 25 pages
dc.subject Burmese, compounding, reduction
dc.title Reduction in Burmese Compounds
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.subject.languagecode mya
prism.publicationname Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
prism.volume 13
prism.number 1
prism.startingpage 129
prism.endingpage 159
Appears in Collections: A. Research Papers (Peer-Reviewed)


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