Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

Notes and Communications

Iotization and palatalization in classical Tibetan

Walter Simon

When surveying the examples listed below it will be noticed that there are no examples of iotized dental s(tem) i(nitial)s, the likely reason being that after dental s. i.s an original y was absorbed in the ensuing process of (full) palatalization. In the case of guttural s. i.s, however, we witness in some cases both the retention of y and its absorption by palatalization. This can be illustrated by the presence of such doublets as skyon-pa ‘to put astride ~ gśon-pa (IIA, ex. 4) or skyuṅ-ka (<*sklyuṅ-ka) ‘jackdaw’ ~ lćuṅ-ka (IIA, ex. 2).