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Some Remarks on the Vowel System of Spoken Tibetan

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This chapter focuses on the kind of processes that are at work in shaping the phonemic structure of spoken Tibetan (ST). The most striking feature of the system of vowels by Chang and Shefts is that it consists of 12 phonemes disregarding quantity, nasality and suprasegmental features. The vowel can be described with four oppositions. A vowel is either closed or open, either back or front, either labial or illabial and either central or peripherical.

Keywords: spoken Tibetan (ST); vowels



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