Diacritic Bantaq បន្ដក់ ( ' )

    Diacritic Bantaq occurs on the top of the final consonant of a syllable and it is used to shorten the vowel of that syllable.  All Khmer consonant there is an inherent vowel.  The inherent vowel for first series consonant is /AA/ and the second series consonant is /OO/

  1. In a syllable with invisible vowel, bantaq is used to shorten the inherent vowel.  Froexample, the inherent vowel /AA/ changes to  /A/ after the afirst series consonant, and the inherent vowel /OO/ changes to  /u/ or /u(e/ after the second series consonant.

Example

Wod No Bantaq

Word With Bantaq

សក

sAAk

to shed the skin

សក់

sAk

hair

ចប

cAAp

hoe

ចប់

cAp

to finish

កក

kAAk

to freez

កក់

kAk

to deposit

កង

kAAN

circle

កង់

kAN

bicycle

បក

bAAk

to peel

បក់

bAk

to blow

លប

lOOp

fish trap

លប់

lup

bird trap

លក

lOOk

to channel

លក់

lu(ek

to sell

    b.  The vowel ( - /aa/ followed by the Bantaq (  ) will pronounced shorter /a/ after the first series consoant and after the second series consonant, vowel ( - ្ភ /aa/ ិស ផរៀនៀុនចដេ /(e/ ៀរ /(e/

Example

Wod No Bantaq

Word With Bantaq

កាប

laap

cable

កាប់

lap

to chop

ចាប

caap

bird

ចាប់

cap

to grab or to arrest

ខាត

khaat

to lose (something)

ខាត់

khat

to polish

មាន

mien

to be rich

មាន់

mo(en

chicken

ពាក្យ

pieq

word

ពាក់

pe(eq

to wear

គាត

kiet

to wrap around

គាត់

ko(et

he

 

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