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Title: Himalayan Languages
Subtitle: Past and Present
Edited By: Anju Saxena
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 149
Description:

With its many and diverse languages, including some with very long documented histories, its cultural diversity, and its widespread multilingualism – both the stable and transient kind – the Himalayan region is a treasure trove of empirical data for linguistic research on language typology and univer-sals, historical linguistics, language contact and areal linguis-tics. Himalayan Languages contains contributions on Hima-layan linguistics written by some of the leading experts in the field.

The volume is divided into three parts: First, a general over-view is given of the linguistic study of Himalayan languages and language communities. The second part offers syn-chronic studies of individual languages of the region (Indo-Aryan languages Shina and Kalasha, and Tibeto-Burman languages Belhare, Magar, Kinnauri, Classical Tibetan and Thangmi). The papers in the third part of the volume ad-dress topics in historical and areal linguistics, with an empha-sis on the Tibeto-Burman languages of the region, discussing grammaticalization processes (in Sunwar, Newar, Seke, Tshangla and Bantawa) and the subgrouping of Tibeto-Burman.

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Introduction

Linguistic synchrony and diachrony on the roof of the world – the study of Himalayan languages
ANJU SAXENA

Descriptive linguistics

A grammatical comparison of Shina dialects
RUTH LAILA SCHMIDT

Retroflex vowels and other peculiarities in the Kalasha sound system
JAN HEEGÅRD AND IDA ELISABETH MØRCH

Direction and differential dative case marking in Magar
KAREN GRUNOW-HÅRSTA

Thangmi kinship terminology in comparative perspective
MARK TURIN

Hidden syntax in Belhare
BALTHASAR BICKEL

On the notion of sentence in Classical Tibetan
CLAUS OETKE

On discourse functions of the finite verb in Kinnauri narratives
ANJU SAXENA

Language change

Preverbal modifiers in Sunwar
WERNER WINTER

Directional prefixes in Kathmandu Newar
DAVID HARGREAVES

Grammaticalization of deictic motion verbs in Seke
ISAO HONDA
"Do" as subordinator in Tshangla
ERIK ANDVIK

Morphosyntactic transparency in Bantawa
JADRANKA GVOZDANOVIC

Areal semantics - is there such a thing?
JAMES A. MATISOFF

Shafer's proto-West Bodish hypothesis and the formation of the Tibetan verb paradigms
ROLAND BIELMEIER

Newaric and Mahakiranti
GEORGE VAN DRIEM

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110178419
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: viii, 436
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