A Description and Linguistic Analysis of the Tai Khuen Writing System

dc.contributor.author Owen, R. Wyn
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-24T19:06:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-24T19:06:43Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-01
dc.description.abstract This article provides a description and linguistic analysis of the Tai Tham script-based orthography of Tai Khuen, a Tai-Kadai language spoken in Eastern Shan State, Myanmar. The language has a long history of writing flowing out of the literary and religious culture nurtured by the Lan Na Kingdom from the 13th Century onwards. Comparison of phoneme and grapheme inventories shows that the orthography is well able to represent the spoken language as well as ancient Pali religious texts. Apart from spelling conventions reflecting the etymology of borrowed Pali and Sanskrit morphemes, sound changes over time have also decreased the phonological transparency of the orthography, notwithstanding the need of some more conservative varieties which still preserve distinctions lost in other varieties. Despite the complexities of the script, the literacy rates in Khuen are remarkably high for a minority language not taught in the government school system.
dc.format.extent 25 pages
dc.identifier.issn 1836-6821
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10524/52403
dc.subject phonology
dc.subject orthography
dc.subject Tai Languages
dc.subject.languagecode kkh
dc.subject.languagecode pli
dc.subject.languagecode tha
dc.subject.languagecode nod
dc.subject.languagecode khb
dc.subject.languagecode khm
dc.title A Description and Linguistic Analysis of the Tai Khuen Writing System
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 164
prism.number 1
prism.publicationname Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
prism.startingpage 140
prism.volume 10
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