By A.R. Coupe
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the author’s fieldwork over a ten-year interval, offers the 1st complete grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this quarter stay under-documented for a couple of old purposes. throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the common 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 tricky position to behavior learn. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao offers priceless new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known quarter of the area.
The grammatical research files all of the practical 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, regularly suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a couple of typologically attention-grabbing good points which are defined intimately within the e-book. between those is an strange case marking method during which grammatical marking is inspired via semantic and pragmatic components, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces tricky sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation procedures also are mentioned the place correct, thereby extending the allure of the publication to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.
This ebook 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 attracted to the typological positive aspects 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