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Title: A Grammar of Kham
Series Title: Cambridge Grammatical Descriptions
Description:

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.

Contents:

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;
References.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Kham, Western Parbate
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