ERIC Number: ED026630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-30
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A Semantic Analysis of Modern Thai /Cay/.
Gething, Thomas W.
This paper discusses a problem in semantic analysis of modern standard Thai. The synchronically polysememic morpheme /cay/ has meanings approximately equivalent to English "heart, mind, spirit" and "breath." A purely descriptive approach to this form would require two separate dictionary entries for /cay/. An examination of the history of /cay/, however, sheds interesting light on the modern sememes. The morpheme is described first using internal reconstruction and then the comparative method. The disparate results of these two diachronic approaches are weighed, a choice proposed, and a Proto-Tai source suggested for the modern reflexes. (Author/DO)
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Identifiers: Comparative Method; Polysemes
Note: Paper read at Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, New York, December 30, 1968.