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 quarter stay under-documented for a few ancient 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 afflicted zone ensured that Nagaland remained a tricky position to behavior study. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao offers invaluable new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known area of the area.
The grammatical research files the entire 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, regularly suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a few typologically attention-grabbing positive aspects which are defined intimately within the booklet. between those is an strange case marking process during which grammatical marking is encouraged through semantic and pragmatic elements, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces complex sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation approaches also are mentioned the place proper, thereby extending the attraction of the publication to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.
This booklet could be of worth to any linguist trying to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman kin, and it'll serve extra commonly as a reference grammar for typologists drawn to the typological positive factors of a Tibeto-Burman language of north-east India.
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