Le y final dans les inscriptions moyen-perses et la ‘loi rythmique’ proto-moyen-perse / Philip Huyse
Paris, A.A.E.I., 2003.
Relié, 111 p. ISBN 2-910640-15-9.

In the Middle Persian inscriptions of the first centuries of the Sasanian period, numerous words show a silent -y at the end. Although the presence of this sign looks at first sight entirely fortuitous, not to say senseless and without any function, there is a simple system behind it, governed by a ‘rythmic law’, which the author endeavours to explain in the present essay. If it took more than a centry to discover the law, it is mainly because the system was affected by the analogy from the very beginning, which made it hard to decipher in the course of time. Toward the turn of the 4th to 5th century A.D., the final -y underwent a change, both formal and functional, to become by and by the final stroke as we know it from Book Pahlavi.