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3. Then the si ngle letter i n m ultisyllabic ཚེcompounds, alphabetized accordi ng to the
second syllable, e.g., ག་གིར་, ག་དུས་, ག་ནས, ག་ཚོད་, etc. i̅ i̅
4. A fter this, sy llables consi sti ng of the root l etter plus a vowel (i n the abovementi oned
order) are listed. Thus, first all the syllabl es with the letter "i " are cited. For example, གི་
before གི་གུ་ aund གིན་ before གིས་ This is then repeated for each of the other vowels.
5. Up to now, we have discussed entries consisting of a root letter plus a slot4 and i̅
pxossibly a slot-5 letter (for all the vowels) . Following such entries are syllables begi nni ng
with the root letter and a slot3 subfixed letter. The order of the slot3 letters is first
letters with "y" (t) , then "r" () , and then "l" (ལ) . i̅ i̅
i̅In other words, first all the "y" syllables are cited in accordance with the above rules,
i.e., first no vowel and only the root letter + y, then no vowel and the slot4 and slot5
letters. For example, གྱ་ before གྱ་ནོམ་, and གྱང་ before གྱར་ Then all the "y" syllables of
this kind withi̅the "i" vowel are listed, and then with the other vowels. A fter all the "y"
syllabl es are li sted, then all the "r" ones are listed. Followi ng thi s, all the "l" syllables of
this ty pe are li sted.
6. A fter this, syllables begi nni ng not with the root letter but rather with a slotl
(prefixed) letter are cited. The order of listi ng of the slot- l l etters is ག་ ད་ བ་ མ་ འ་
Thus, དགག་ before དགུ་ and དགུ་ before དགེ་ and དགྱེ་ and དགྲ་ After all the ད་ prefix
syllables, then the བ་ prefix ones, and so forth.
7..i̅ Followi ng this come syllables beginning withi̅one of the slot2 (auffixed) letters. The
auffix "r" is listed first, i̅and then the auffix "l" and fi nally the auffix "s." A s i n the above
examples, first the auffix + root letter with the i nherent "a" vowel occur, e, g., རྒ་ Then
slot4 and slot-5 letters are added, aund then this is repeated with each of the written
vowels.

After this, the auffix + root letter combi nation adds thei̅series of sl ot3 subjoi ned letters
begi nni ng with "y ." For example, thi s part would startwith རྒྱ་ and then add slot- 4 letters
(and when they exi st, slot-5 letters) , for example, རྒྱ་ བ་ . A fter this i s done for the i nherent
"a" vowel, it is repeated for each or the other vowels and then each i̅of the other slot3
subfixed letters. A fter the listi ng of the "r" sl ot2 auffix, then the list is repeated for ས, the
other slot2 letter.
8 Fi nally , the dictionaury li sts syllables that begi n with a sl ot l prefixed letter, but which
also have a slot2 auffixed l etter. These are listed in the order of the slotl , slot-2 , and slot-
3 letters. For example, བརྒ་ before བརྒྱ་ and བསྒ་ before བསྒ་
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