By A.R. Coupe
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the author’s fieldwork over a ten-year interval, offers the 1st finished grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this sector stay under-documented for a couple of old purposes. through the 19th and early 20th centuries, the common cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from coming into the Naga Hills. almost immediately after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising by means of Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of proscribing entry to the afflicted quarter ensured that Nagaland remained a tough position to behavior examine. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao offers beneficial new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known quarter of the realm.
The grammatical research files all of the useful domain names of the language and comprises 4 glossed and translated texts, the latter being of curiosity to anthropologists learning folklore. Mongsen Ao is a hugely agglutinating, more often than not suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a couple of typologically fascinating positive aspects which are defined intimately within the publication. between those is an strange case marking approach within which grammatical marking is encouraged through semantic and pragmatic components, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces problematic sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation strategies also are mentioned the place proper, thereby extending the charm of the publication to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation theory.
This booklet could be of price to any linguist trying to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman relations, and it'll serve extra commonly as a reference grammar for typologists attracted to the typological good points of a Tibeto-Burman language of north-east India.
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A Grammar of Mongsen Ao (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) by A.R. Coupe