in examples like the ones in (24) is attested as a historical process in other Tibetan dialects.
Phonologically, there is deaspiration
of the inherited IA voiced aspirates, a number of additional vowels ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) and vowel contrasts (e e o o), phonemic palatalization (p.
There is no reason for the deaspiration
of the stop to occur in (71c) and so it is eliminated.
The Senior scribe seems to be especially inclined to graphic deaspiration
, as in the surprising spelling bikhu (scroll no.
Similar cases of deaspiration
(and, conversely, of incorrect aspiration) are common in Kharosthi generally, including, among the Kara-tepe inscriptions, sagami for saghami (Kh.