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Title: A Grammar of Meithei
Written By: Shobhana Lakshmi Chelliah
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library 17

This is the first comprehensive reference work on Meithei, a little-known yet important Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Manipur State in Northeastern India by approximately 1.2 million people. Both the presentation and the analysis of data are conducted within an easily accessible generative framework. In nine chapters the author accounts for the phonology and morphology (phonemic contrasts, tone, the interaction of phonology and morphology, a word syntax for the description of the agglutinative morphology of Meithei) and syntax (the structure of root sentences, nominalization and other dependent clauses, case marking, the marking of grammatical relations) of Meithei. The interaction of phonology and morphology is described in terms of the theory of Lexical Morphology and Phonology. It is shown that while this theory is effective in describing the morphophonological facts of Meithei it makes wrong predictions about word level semantics. The author argues that an appropriate grammar of Meithei should allow for autonomous semantic and morphophonological representations. A functional perspective dealing with the signalling of evidentiality and indirect speech acts is given in the final chapter. The book is rich in data: both elicited and naturally occurring speech acts are used in the analysis. Included are texts with interlinear translation, a Meithei word glossary, a subject index, a comprehensive bibliography of Meithei linguistics, maps and pictures of consultants. Written primarily for the linguist, this grammar will also be of use to teachers and students of Meithei.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Manipuri
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110143216
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 539
Prices: US$ 218.00