Monday, March 30, 2015

Consonant Correspondences of Burmese, Rakhine an d Marma with Initial Implications for Historical Relationships


ABSTRACT

This thesis provides a consonantal comparison of the Burmese, Rakhine and Marma languages of Myanmar and Bangladesh with primary focus on initial and medial consonants Its main purposes are to provide new data from the Rakhine and Marma languages of Bangladesh and to make some initial observations about the historical relationship between the three languages based on compiled consonant correspondences.

Although much literature is available on the Burmese language as the primary representative of the Southern Burmish language, little information is available on Rakhine and Marma. This theis thus extends previous work on the family tree to these two close relatives. It compares new Rakhine and Marma wordlist data from Bangladesh to previously-collected Burmese and Rakhine data from Myanmar. It identifies cognate forms and regular sound correspondences, as well as exceptions, with reference to previsiously documented Burmese sound changes.

Marma is more conservative than Burmese or Rakhine in retaining pronunciation indicated by Written Burmese orthography; in some cases, this is a direct reflex of reconstructed Proto-Tibeto-Burman. Burmese and Rakhine share two innovations that are not found in Marma ([สง]

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