LINGUIST List 13.165

Tue Jan 22 2002

Books: Grammar

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  1. Joyce Reid, Grammar: A Grammar of Kham by David E. Watters

Message 1: Grammar: A Grammar of Kham by David E. Watters

Date: 16 Jan 2002 15:02:15 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Grammar: A Grammar of Kham by David E. Watters

A Grammar of Kham

David E. Watters, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

This is a comprehensive grammatical documentation of Kham, a
previously undescribed language from west-central Nepal, belonging to
the Tibeto-Burman language family. The language has an unusual
structure, containing a number of characteristics that are of
immediate relevance to current work on linguistic theory, including
split ergativity and its demonstrative system. Its verb morphology has
implications for the understanding of the history of the entire
Tibeto-Burman family. The book, based on extensive fieldwork, provides
copious examples throughout the exposition. It will be a valuable
resource for typologists and general linguists alike.


1. The people and their language; 
2. Segmental phonology; 
3. Tonology; 
4. Nouns and noun morphology; 
5. Verbs and verb morphology; 
6. Modifiers and adjectivals; 
7. Locatives, dimensionals and temporal adverbs; 
8. Adverbs and adverbials; 
9. Minor word classes; 
10.Noun phrases, nominalizations an d relative clauses; 
11.Simple clauses, transitivity and voice; 
12.Tense, aspect and modality; 
13.Evidentials and modals; 
14.Non-declarative speech acts; 
15.Interclausal relations and sentence structure; 
16.Nominalized verb forms in discourse; 
17.The Kham verb in historical perspective; 

Cambridge Grammatical Descriptions

2002/c. 500 pp./50 figures/3 maps
0-521-81245-3/Hb/List: $90.00

Cambridge University Press
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