By Coupe, A.R.
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the authors fieldwork over a ten-year interval, offers the 1st finished grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this quarter stay under-documented for a few historic purposes. through the 19th and early 20th centuries, the frequent cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from getting into the Naga Hills. presently after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising via Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of limiting entry to the region ensured that Nagaland remained a tricky position to behavior learn. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao deals helpful new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known zone of the realm. The grammatical research files 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, regularly suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a couple of typologically attention-grabbing gains which are defined intimately within the e-book. between those is an strange case marking process within which grammatical marking is stimulated through semantic and pragmatic elements, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces problematic sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation approaches also are mentioned the place suitable, thereby extending the allure of the e-book to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation concept. This e-book could be of worth to any linguist looking to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman kin, and it'll serve extra extensively as a reference grammar for typologists attracted to the typological characteristic
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7. Ethnographic overview 11 exonyms and allonyms for what might actually be the same village or people. Marrison (1967) and Matisoff (1986) are useful for helping to clarify the nomenclatural confusion, and the terms ‘autonym’, ‘exonym’, ‘allonym’ and ‘loconym’ used in this section and elsewhere follow Matisoff’s (1986) usage. 2. History Ao folklore holds that the tribe comes from the east, the first ancestors having emerged from the earth at the site of some sacred stones known as lu̾ tŜЮuk ‘six stones’ located near the present-day village of Chungliyimti.
A sixth low-lying range known as the Tsürangkong (named after the Tsürang River) is not shown in Map 3, but can be seen running down the western side of the Japvukong in Map 2. Although this range has no traditional village sites, its river valley has long been used for wet rice cultivation, and it is the location of the administrative town of Mangkolemba. 7. Ethnographic overview 9 Because of the constant threat of raids by head-hunting parties in the past, all Ao villages were by necessity strategically located in commanding positions on the tops of hills, so that they could be easily stockaded and defended.
1) and is used here and 26 Phonology and phonological processes elsewhere as the citation form. Translations of bare verbs or those marked only by the declarative mood clitic -uׄ thus reflect their inherent past tense specification. 2) mi sisa azŜ sŜ zŜlu ‘swallow’ ‘arise’ ‘challenge’ ‘die’ ‘write’ + + + + + -ùׄ -ı ٷ -ùׄ -ı ٷ -ı ٷ DEC IRR DEC IRR IRR > > > > > miwׄ sisaj azŜwׄ sŜj zŜluj ‘swallowed’ ‘will arise’ ‘challenged’ ‘will die’ ‘will write’ There is little motivation for treating vowel-glide sequences such as iw, aj, Ŝw, Ŝj and uj as phonemic diphthongs, due to their lack of syntagmatic cohesion and demonstrated substitutability.
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao (Mouton Grammar Library) by Coupe, A.R.