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Title: From Linguistic to Sociolinguistic Reconstruction
Subtitle: The Kamta historical subgroup of Indo-Aryan
Written By: Matthew Toulmin
Series Title: Studies in Language Change

The Indo-Aryan languages and dialects constitute a dialect continuum,
characterised by variable, non-discrete boundaries between speech
communities. In order to reconstruct linguistic history it is necessary to
take stock of this sociolinguistic context and adjust the methods of
reconstruction accordingly. This study presents a theoretically robust,
sociolinguistic framework for historical reconstruction which supplements a
traditional comparative reconstruction of phonology and morphology.

The language varieties examined in this book are known by a number of names
including ‘Kamta', ‘Rajbanshi', or simply the ‘deshi bhasha' of north
Bengal and west Assam . This study provides evidence for a protolanguage,
termed ‘proto Kamta' (c. AD 13-16 th century), which was the point of
common origin for these lects, and defines them as a subgroup within

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Rajbanshi
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780858836
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 273
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