By A.R. Coupe
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the author’s fieldwork over a ten-year interval, provides the 1st complete grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this quarter stay under-documented for a few historic purposes. throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the frequent cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from getting into the Naga Hills. almost immediately after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising by way of Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of proscribing entry to the region ensured that Nagaland remained a tough position to behavior examine. 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 area 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, generally suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a couple of typologically fascinating gains 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 components, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces complicated sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation strategies also are mentioned the place appropriate, thereby extending the allure of the publication to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.
This booklet might be of worth to any linguist looking to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman family members, and it'll serve extra extensively 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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