- Phonetic respelling: အ'
- IPA(key): /ʔə/
- Romanization: MLCTS: a.- • ALA-LC: ʼa- • BGN/PCGN: ă • Okell: ă
အ- • (a.-)
- used to make nouns from verbs, from adjectives or from other nouns
- used with a reduplicated noun to mean ‘various, diverse’
- sometimes used as meaningless prefix to disambiguate in sentences
Very frequently deleted when the noun to which it is prefixed is used in a compound. When used with a reduplicated polysyllabic noun, only the first syllable is reduplicated.