By A.R. Coupe
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the author’s fieldwork over a ten-year interval, offers the 1st entire grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this zone stay under-documented for a couple of historic purposes. throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the common cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from coming 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 bothered quarter ensured that Nagaland remained a tricky position to behavior study. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao offers useful new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known area of the realm.
The grammatical research records the entire useful domain names of the language and comprises 4 glossed and translated texts, the latter being of curiosity to anthropologists learning folklore. Mongsen Ao is a hugely agglutinating, ordinarily suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a few typologically attention-grabbing positive factors which are defined intimately within the ebook. between those is an strange case marking method during which grammatical marking is prompted through semantic and pragmatic components, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces intricate sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation approaches also are mentioned the place appropriate, thereby extending the allure of the publication to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.
This e-book may be of worth to any linguist looking to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman family members, and it'll serve extra generally as a reference grammar for typologists drawn to the typological good points of a Tibeto-Burman language of north-east India.
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A Grammar of Mongsen Ao (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) by A.R. Coupe