By A.R. Coupe
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the author’s fieldwork over a ten-year interval, provides the 1st accomplished grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this sector stay under-documented for a couple of old purposes. through the 19th and early 20th centuries, the common cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from getting into the Naga Hills. almost immediately after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising by means of Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of proscribing entry to the quarter ensured that Nagaland remained a tough position to behavior examine. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao offers priceless new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known zone of the area.
The grammatical research files all of the sensible domain names of the language and contains 4 glossed and translated texts, the latter being of curiosity to anthropologists learning folklore. Mongsen Ao is a hugely agglutinating, in most cases suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a few typologically attention-grabbing good points which are defined intimately within the publication. between those is an strange case marking process during which grammatical marking is inspired via semantic and pragmatic elements, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces problematic sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation strategies also are mentioned the place appropriate, thereby extending the charm of the booklet to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.
This e-book should be of worth to any linguist trying to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman relatives, and it'll serve extra widely as a reference grammar for typologists drawn to the typological positive aspects of a Tibeto-Burman language of north-east India.
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