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 area stay under-documented for a couple of old purposes. in the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the frequent cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from coming into the Naga Hills. presently after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising through Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of limiting entry to the zone ensured that Nagaland remained a tricky position to behavior learn. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao offers worthwhile new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known quarter of the realm.
The grammatical research records all of the useful 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, more often than not suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a few typologically fascinating good points which are defined intimately within the booklet. between those is an strange case marking procedure within which grammatical marking is stimulated via semantic and pragmatic elements, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces problematic sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation procedures also are mentioned the place suitable, thereby extending the attraction of the booklet to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.
This booklet might be of price to any linguist trying to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman kinfolk, and it'll serve extra greatly as a reference grammar for typologists attracted to the typological beneficial properties of a Tibeto-Burman language of north-east India.
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