By Coupe, A.R.
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the authors 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 few ancient purposes. throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the frequent cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from getting 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 limiting entry to the stricken quarter ensured that Nagaland remained a tricky position to behavior learn. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao deals helpful new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known quarter of the area. The grammatical research records the entire sensible 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, typically suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a couple of typologically fascinating positive factors which are defined intimately within the publication. between those is an strange case marking process within which grammatical marking is influenced through semantic and pragmatic elements, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces complex sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation methods also are mentioned the place appropriate, thereby extending the charm of the ebook to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation concept. This booklet could be of worth 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 drawn to the typological characteristic
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The attack on Mongsenyimti was in turn a reprisal for the British raids on the Chang villages Noksan and Litim (see Map 3) in the previous year, in tit-for-tat revenge for earlier Chang attacks on Ao villages. A ‘rabble of some hundreds of friendlies’ had followed the expedition from the Ao country and took the opportunity to indulge in the looting and massacre of their weakened enemy, resulting in a far more severe punishment of those villages than the British had ever intended (Reid 1997: 117–118).
Fieldwork and sources of data 19 the initial potential for confusion in the analysis. The variety spoken in Mangmetong village was selected because it has substantially divergent phonological contrasts and morphological forms compared to the Waromung variety I had worked on previously, and because it is the variety spoken by members of my extended family. This facilitated introductions, accommodation and personal security for my stay in Mangmetong village. Limiting my attention initially to just one village variety also minimized the chance of inadvertently identifying variant phonological and morphological forms of different village varieties as allophones or allomorphs of the one system.
2. Burling’s (2003) classification is justifiably conservative in not attempting to posit any higher level relationships beyond his Ao, Angami-Pochuri, Zeme, Tangkhul and Mizo-Kuki-Chin groups, each named for the most prominent language(s) in the group. He concludes that further progress will not be made on the classification of the Tibeto-Burman languages of north-east India until more descriptive work can be done. 6. Geographical setting Ao is the major language of the Mokokchung district, one of the eleven administrative districts of the hill state of Nagaland, located in north-eastern India.