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Phonology And Orthography

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This chapter is concerned with the organisation of sounds as linguistic units in the Lepcha language. The phonemes of Lepcha are represented both in the romanisation, as well as in a phonetic transcription in the International Phonetic Alphabet. The romanisation is in fact a transliteration of the native Lepcha orthography, which is faithful to the facts of the traditional orthography. The phoneme inventory of Lepcha consonants is listed with a phonetic transcription between square brackets, followed by the transliteration in italics. In order to represent Lepcha in the Roman alphabet, either a transliteration or a transcription system may be used. Transliteration systems carefully substitute orthographical symbols by Roman letters and follow the same spelling conventions and particularities that are used in the native orthography.

Keywords: International Phonetic Alphabet; Lepcha orthography; romanisation; transliteration systems



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