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Title: North East Indian Linguistics - Volume 4
Edited By: Gwendolyn Hyslop
Stephen Morey
Mark W. Post
URL: http://www.cambridgeindia.org/showbookdetails.asp?ISBN=9788175969308
Series Title: North East Indian Linguistics

North East India is one of the most linguistically diverse regions of the world, with over 100, and perhaps as many as 200, different languages spoken. This book aims to produce a volume reflective of both the linguistic diversity of the region as well as the high quality of current research on North East Indian Linguistics.

The articles in this volume cover four of the language families represented in North East India: Tai-Kadai, Indo-Aryan, Tibeto-Burman, and Austroasiatic. Divided into seven sections, the book presents the description and analysis of a wide variety of phonological, syntactic, morphological, socio-linguistic and historical topics in the study of several languages of the region – origin of the Boro-Garo language family, Boro-Garo grammar, serial verbs in a hitherto undescribed variety of Boro, information about Dimasa dialects, phonology of Hajong, a language of Assam and Meghalaya, and analysis of copula constructions in Assam Sadri. The volume also contains an analysis of pronouns in Madhav Kandali’s Ramayana, a version of the Ramayana written in colloquial Assamese of the fourteenth century. The final section in this volume discusses serial verb constructions in the Austroasiatic language war, the most detailed discussion of war syntax and semantics to date.

Contributions in this volume range from renowned scholars of Tibeto-Burman linguistics to students from the North East making their first impact in the field of Linguistics. The book will be of interest to linguists, anthropologists, social scientists and general readers with an interest in the study, preservation and appreciation of North East Indian cultural and linguistic diversity.

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History, Contact and Evolution
1. On the Origins of Bodo-Garo
2. The Stambaum of Boro-Garo
3. Variation in the Order of Modification in Tai Ahom: An Indication of Historical Boro Garo Influence?
4. The Nominalizing Velar Prefix *gV- in Tibeto-Burman: Languages of Northeast India

Bodo-Garo Grammar
5. Serialized Verbs in Boro
6. Personal Pronouns in Dimasa

Orthography, Poetics and Text
7. Tshangla Orthography
8. Poetic Forms in Nocte, Singpho, Tai and Tangsa
9. A Multi-purpose Project for the Preservation of War Oral Literature

New Descriptions
10. Notes on Usoi Tripura Phonetics and Phonology
11. Phonological Description of the Hajong Language

12. Classifiers in Mising
13. On Classifiers in Asamiya
14. Classifiers in Assamese: Their Grammar and Meaning Chains

Eastern Indo-Aryan Grammar
15. Personal Pronouns in Madhav Kandali’s Ramayana
16. Nominalization and the Nominalized Clause in Assamese
17. Copula Constructions in Assamese Sadri

18. Graded Passive and Active Values in Serial Constructions in Kudeng War

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
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Language Family(ies): Austro-Asiatic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9788175969308
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