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A Grammar of Kham

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120517


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  • First published in 2002, this is a comprehensive grammatical documentation of Kham, a previously undescribed language from west-central Nepal, belonging to the Tibeto-Burman language family. The language contains a number of grammatical systems that are of immediate relevance to current work on linguistic theory, including split ergativity, a mirative system, and a rich class of derived adjectivals. Its verb morphology has implications for the understanding of the history of the entire Tibeto-Burman family. The book, based on extensive fieldwork, deals with all major aspects of the language including segmental phonology, tone, word classes, noun phrases, nominalizations, transitivity alterations, tense-aspect-modality, non-declarative speech acts, and complex sentence structure. It provides copious examples throughout the exposition and includes three short native texts and a vocabulary of more than 400 words, many of them reconstructed for Proto-Kham and Proto-Tibeto-Burman.

    • This is the only available description of Kham, an endangered language with many features of relevance to modern linguistic theory
    • It is based on extensive fieldwork and provides a large amount of data and examples, which will be useful to typologists, syntacticians, and other comparative linguists
    • It provides new evidence that will influence our understanding of the whole of the Tibeto-Burman language family
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120517
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The people and their language
    2. Segmental phonology
    3. Tonology
    4. Nouns and noun morphology
    5. Verbs and verb morphology
    6. Modifiers and adjectivals
    7. Locatives, dimensionals and temporal adverbs
    8. Adverbs and adverbials
    9. Minor word classes
    10. Noun phrases, nominalizations and relative clauses
    11. Simple clauses, transitivity and voice
    12. Tense, aspect and modality
    13. The modality of certainty, obligation, unexpected information
    14. Non-declarative speech acts
    15. Interclausal relations and sentence structure
    16. Nominalized verb forms in discourse
    17. The Kham verb in historical perspective
    18. Texts
    19. Vocabulary

  • Author

    David E. Watters, University of Oregon

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