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LINGUIST List 23.4897

Sat Nov 24 2012

Books: A Grammar of Bhujel: Regmi

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Nov-2012
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: A Grammar of Bhujel: Regmi
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Title: A Grammar of Bhujel
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 492

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Book URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu/

Author: Dan Raj Regmi

Paperback: ISBN: 9783862883882 Pages: 226 Price: Europe EURO 66.80


This book provides a comprehensive description of Bhujel, a previously
undescribed and endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken by about 3,923 ethnic
Bhujel, most of them living along the Mahabharata mountain range of Tanahun,
Gorkha, Chitwan and Nawalparasi districts of Nepal. It investigates
phonological and morphosyntactic features in Bhujel and compares them, from a
typological perspective, with those characteristic structural features in both
Bodish and Himalayish languages.

Bhujel, an atonal and consistently ergative language, is characterized by a
complex verb agreement pattern indexing person, number and inclusivity in the
verb complex. Person marking, based exclusively on the hierarchical ranking of
the participants (i.e.1→2, 1→3, 2→3), sometimes encodes the agent and
sometimes the patient but not both at a time.

Uniquely, the verb is also marked by suffix -u in 1→2, 1→3, 2→3, along person
and number suffixes, to encode the direct relations of the participants. Like
tense, such marking is neutralized in negative constructions in Bhujel.
However, the inverse relation of participants (i.e. 2→1, 3→1, or 3→2),
somewhat counter to universal expectations, remains unmarked.

The author, Dr. Dan Raj Regmi, is Associate Professor and Head of Central
Department of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and has specialized in
Tibeto-Burman linguistics, sociolinguistic survey and language documentation.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Written In: English (eng)

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