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 area 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 coming into the Naga Hills. almost immediately after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising through Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of limiting entry to the bothered region ensured that Nagaland remained a tough position to behavior examine. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao offers useful new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known area of the realm.
The grammatical research records the entire 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, typically 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 approach during which grammatical marking is stimulated via semantic and pragmatic components, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces complicated sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation procedures also are mentioned the place correct, thereby extending the attraction of the e-book to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.
This e-book could be of worth to any linguist looking to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman relations, and it'll serve extra greatly 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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A Grammar of Mongsen Ao (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) by A.R. Coupe