A Grammar of Mongsen Ao (Mouton Grammar Library) by Coupe, A.R.

By Coupe, A.R.

A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the authors fieldwork over a ten-year interval, provides the 1st entire grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this sector stay under-documented for a couple of ancient purposes. in the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the frequent cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from coming into the Naga Hills. presently after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising by way of Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of proscribing entry to the bothered region ensured that Nagaland remained a tricky position to behavior study. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao bargains important new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known quarter of the realm. The grammatical research files all of the practical 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, in general suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a few typologically attention-grabbing beneficial properties which are defined intimately within the booklet. between those is an strange case marking method within which grammatical marking is inspired via semantic and pragmatic components, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces problematic sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation techniques also are mentioned the place appropriate, thereby extending the allure of the e-book to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation conception. This publication can be of worth to any linguist trying to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman family members, and it'll serve extra commonly as a reference grammar for typologists attracted to the typological function

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Capitalization is not used in the initial words of the language examples because the orthography is close to a phonemic transcription and there are no corresponding upper case symbols for some segments, such as the schwa. 14. Theoretical orientation It is hoped that this work might serve as a reference grammar for the study of Tibeto-Burman historical-comparative linguistics, and more generally for the study of linguistic typology; consequently, an overriding consideration has been to ensure that its contents are intelligible to readers of all theoretical persuasions.

Timber resources in the Mokokchung district have also been heavily exploited, with the result that it is rare to see a tree with a diameter of greater than half a metre. Streams are fished by a number of methods. One traditional method that can be done by a group of people is known as ju̾sŜp‫ ٷ‬. This involves finding a place with a small island that splits the stream into two branches. The smaller of the diverging branches is dammed and the water is quickly bailed out downstream of the dam so that fish, prawns and crabs can be collected in the shallows.

Chungli varieties are believed to demonstrate as much between-village variation as that documented in this work for Mongsen. As noted in Coupe (2003a: 3), the dominance of Chungli as the standard language of the Ao can be attributed to the work of the American Baptist missionaries, who initially lived in Molung Yimchen and its Christian colony Molung Yimsen on the Changkikong range, before moving to Impur to establish a mission on the Asetkong range in 1894. 9. Review of literature 17 subsequently spread through the introduction of literacy via the work of the Impur mission, and then by the introduction of the Ao Bible.

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