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 zone stay under-documented for a few ancient purposes. through the 19th and early 20th centuries, the common cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from coming into the Naga Hills. presently after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising by means of Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of limiting entry to the bothered region ensured that Nagaland remained a tough 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 area of the area.

The grammatical research files the entire sensible 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 few typologically attention-grabbing gains which are defined intimately within the e-book. between those is an strange case marking process during which grammatical marking is prompted via semantic and pragmatic elements, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces tricky sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation procedures also are mentioned the place correct, thereby extending the attraction of the publication to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.

This booklet might be of price 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 attracted to the typological positive factors of a Tibeto-Burman language of north-east India.

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