ánh

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from [1]. Shorto proposed an alternative etymology from Proto-Mon-Khmer *cʔaiŋ (to shine), and hypothesized that sharp tone arose from initial consonant cluster[2]; still, Alves considered Shorto's hypothesis moot.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ánh

  1. (only in compounds) light radiated from or reflected off something
    ánh sáng
    light
    ánh nắng
    sunlight
    ánh đèn
    light from a bulb or lamp
    ánh lửa
    light from a flame, especially that of a campfire
    ánh hoàng hôn/chiều tà
    sunlight at dusk
    ánh sao (đêm)
    starlight
    ánh kim
    metallic shininess

Verb[edit]

ánh

  1. to be reflective of light
    (figuratively) đôi mắt ánh lên niềm tin
    those eyes that shine faith

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alves, Mark J. (2018). Notes on Chinese words in Shorto's Proto-Austroasiatic reconstruction, Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, JSEALS Vol. 11.2 (2018): lxxvi- xcvii, ISSN: 1836-6821, DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10524/52434, University of Hawaiʼi Press
  2. ^ Shorto, H. A Mon-Khmer Comparative Dictionary, Ed. Paul Sidwell, 2006. Entry #489. p. 175

Further Readings[edit]

  • Michel Ferlus. The origin of tones in Viet-Muong. Somsonge Burusphat. Papers from the Eleventh Annual Conference of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 2001, Arizona State University Programme for Southeast Asian Studies Monograph Series Press (Tempe, Arizona), pp.297-313, 2004.<halshs-00927222v2>