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Himalayan Languages : Past and Present - Anju Saxena

Himalayan Languages

Past and Present

By: Anju Saxena (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th March 2004
ISBN: 9783110178418
Number Of Pages: 442
For Ages: 22+ years old

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With its many and diverse languages, including some with very long documented histories, its cultural diversity, and its widespread multilingualism- both the stable and transient kind- the Himalayan region is a treasure trove of empirical data for linguistic research on language typology and universals, historical linguistics, language contact and areal linguistics.

Himalayan Languages contains contributions on Himalayan linguistics written by some of the leading experts in the field. The volume is divided into three parts: First, a general overview is given of the linguistic study of Himalayan languages and language communities. The second part offers synchronic studies of individual languages of the region (Indo-Aryan languages Shina and Kalasha, and Tibeto-Burman languages Belhare, Magar, Kinnauri, Classical Tibetan and Thangmi). The papers in the third part of the volume address topics in historical and areal linguistics, with an emphasis on the Tibeto-Burman languages of the region, discussing grammaticalization processes (in Sunwar, Newar, Seke, Tshangla and Bantawa) and the subgrouping of Tibeto-Burman.

Industry Reviews

"With topics from descriptive Dardic phonolgy, to comparative Tibeto-Burman morphosyntax and genealogy, and universals of semantic change, this collection proves to be a diverse set of papers that would be of interest to any linguist specializing in the Himalayas, or any of the other topics mentioned here."
Gwendolyn Lowes in: Journal of Himalayan Linguistics 2006

Linguistic synchrony and diachrony on the roof of the world - the study of Himalayan languagesp. 3
A grammatical comparison of Shina dialectsp. 33
Retroflex vowels and other peculiarities in the Kalasha sound systemp. 57
Direction and differential dative case marking in Magarp. 77
Thangmi kinship terminology in comparative perspectivep. 101
Hidden syntax in Belharep. 141
On the notion of sentence in classical Tibetanp. 191
On discourse functions of the finite verb in Kinnauri narrativesp. 213
Preverbal modifiers in Sunwarp. 239
Directional prefixes in Kathmandu Newarp. 273
Grammaticalization of deictic motion verbs in Sekep. 285
"Do" as subordinator in Tshanglap. 311
Morphosyntactic transparency in Bantawap. 341
Areal semantics - is there such a thing?p. 347
Shafer's proto-West Bodish hypothesis and the formation of the Tibetan verb paradigmsp. 395
Newaric and Mahakirantip. 413
Subject indexp. 419
Language indexp. 430
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ISBN: 9783110178418
ISBN-10: 3110178419
Series: Trends in Linguistics
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 442
Published: 25th March 2004
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 21.03 x 14.58  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.76