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LINGUIST List 17.2661

Mon Sep 18 2006

Books: Language Description: Poudel

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Rajbanshi Grammar and Interlinearized Text: Poudel


Message 1: Rajbanshi Grammar and Interlinearized Text: Poudel
Date: 15-Sep-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Rajbanshi Grammar and Interlinearized Text: Poudel


Title: Rajbanshi Grammar and Interlinearized Text
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Indo-European Linguistics 34
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.at

Author: Tikaram Poudel, Tribhuvan University
Paperback: ISBN: 3895863238 Pages: 132 Price: Europe EURO 54.00
Abstract:

This is a study of Rajbanshi, an Indo-Aryan langauge of Assamese-Bengali
sub group. The present study is based on the dialect of Rajbanshi spoken in
the Eastern districts of Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari of Nepal. The focus is
functional rather than theoretical.

Rajbanshi has six vowels and 29 consonants. Height and back-front of the
tongue are responsible for making the vowel phonemes contrastive in this
language. Stop, aspiration, affrication, friction, etc. are the major
contrastive features for consonants. Rajbanshi favors simple
syllabification, hence, consonant clusters are quite rare.

Nouns inflect for number, gender, case and classifiers. Both adjectives and
adverbs are formed from nouns and verbs. Verbs inflect for tense, aspect,
modality and negation. The negation puzzle of Assamese Bengali group is
also found in Rajbanshi. Compounding and noun incorporation are quite
common verbal phenomena in this language. Like other NIA languages,
Rajbanshi makes use of compound verbs. They have the aspectual, attitudinal
and modal functions in Rajbanshi discourse. The compound verbs are marked
categories in the language.

The author suggests four ways of identifying compound verbs in this
language. They are semantic bleaching of the vector verbs, test of
negation, reduplication test and non-finiteness of the first verb. There
are restrictions of transitivity, volitionality and the forms of main verbs
on the selections of vectors. The process of noun incorporation is a device
of changing a nominal category to a verbal one using highly grammaticalized
verbs called light verbs. Rajbanshi is a nominative-accusative SOV
language. It forms causativization lexically, morphologically and
periphrastically.

The study concludes with a sample text with interlinearized and free
translation.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Rajbanshi (rjb)

Written In: English (eng )

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