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A Key To Four Transcription Systems Of Lepcha

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The native Lepcha orthography is believed to have been devised during the reign of the third chögel of Sikkim, Chögä Châdo ’Namgä. This chapter presents the four most commonly used transcription systems of the Lepcha language, alongside one another for comparison and together with the Lepcha script. It discusses four transcriptions by George Byres Mainwaring as introduced in his grammar of Lepcha, Albert Grünwedel as used in his edition of the Lepcha- English dictionary written by Mainwaring, the native Lepcha scholar Khárpú Támsáng as given in his Lepcha-English Encyclopedic Dictionary and the present author's transliteration. The phonetic transcription given along with the transcriptions is based on the phonetic description of the Lepcha language. The Lepcha language distinguishes three retroflex consonants, which occur mainly in loanwords from Tibetan. The original Lepcha sentences and the English translations, as well as Mainwaring's transcriptions, are derived from George Mainwaring's grammar.

Keywords:George Byres Mainwaring's grammar; Lepcha orthography; retroflex consonants; transcriptions



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