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Tue Jun 12 2018

Books: A Grammar of Western Tamang: Regmi, Regmi

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Date: 11-Jun-2018
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Subject: A Grammar of Western Tamang: Regmi, Regmi
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Title: A Grammar of Western Tamang
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 511
Published: 2018
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

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Author: Dan Raj Regmi
Author: Ambika Regmi
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862888832 Pages: 160 Price: Europe EURO 66.80

This grammar examines major communicative coding devices (viz., sensory-motor code and the grammatical code) in Western Tamang and compares them with those coding devices in Eastern Tamang from typological perspective. Tamang is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by about 1,353,311 people, most of them living in central Nepal particularly the hilly areas around the Kathmandu valley. Western Tamang employs thirty-five basic consonants and eleven vowels including four phonetic pitches of the tones to code 'words' at conceptual lexicon. It utilizes morphology, intonation and word order as primary grammar-coding devices to primarily code atomic propositional information. It employs other grammatical sub-systems to mainly code discourse-pragmatics. Western Tamang, a complex tonal language, displays somewhat consistently ergative casemarking system. However, human patients are marked by dative case suffix. Except negation, all case-role and tense-aspect and modality markers are cliticized as suffixes. Order of clausal constituents may show a discrepancy mainly for pragmatic effects. It lacks agreement and massively employs nominalization for many syntactic functions. It registers nominalized verbs followed by genitive suffix for relative constructions. It exhibits non-promotional type of passive constructions. It uses conjunction and subordination to maintain coherence across the clauses.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Tamang, Western (tdg)

Written In: English (eng)

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