Syllabic inventory of a Western Naxi dialect, and correspondence with Joseph F. Rock's transcriptions

Abstract : Naxi is a Sino-Tibetan language close to the Burmese-Yi subgroup; its precise genetic affiliation is still a matter of debate. After a short review of some earlier publications on Naxi, this paper offers new data (the syllabic inventory of a Western Naxi dialect, based on first-hand fieldwork), and a guide to an older resource: the correspondences between our transcriptions and the script invented by the ‘botanist-explorer' Joseph F. Rock are set out, offering a practical tool for deciphering the somewhat perplexing, idiosyncratic romanised transcription used in his Na-Khi—English Encyclopedic Dictionary, a book of historical importance in Naxi studies.
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Cahiers de linguistique - Asie Orientale, 2006, 35(1), pp. 3-21


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Boyd Michailovsky, Alexis Michaud. Syllabic inventory of a Western Naxi dialect, and correspondence with Joseph F. Rock's transcriptions. Cahiers de linguistique - Asie Orientale, 2006, 35(1), pp. 3-21. <hal-00134940>

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