A Grammar of Dhimal

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BRILL, 2009 - Social Science - 612 pages
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The present work, a grammar of Dhimal, fills an important void in the documentation of the vast and ramified Tibeto-Burman language family. Dhimal, a little known and endangered tongue spoken in the lowlands of southeastern Nepal by about 20,000 individuals, is detailed in this work. With data gathered in the village of hiy b r , the author crafts a readable description of the western dialect, using over 1000 examples to illustrate usage. Included in this reference work are seventeen texts, riddles, songs and a Dhimal-English glossary. Joining other recent ground-breaking linguistic descriptions by researchers from the Himalayan Languages Project at Leiden University, this grammar of Dhimal will have lasting scientific value and aid the Dhimal community in preserving their language.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PHONOLOGY
27
NOMINAL MORPHOLOGY
49
VERBAL MORPHOLOGY
99
THE SENTENCE
217
COURTING
289
CATCHING RATS
317
HUNTING MONITOR LIZARDS
327
WHERE CHICKENS COME FROM
455
SHIT EATER
457
THE SICK ONE
459
MAKING RICE BEER
461
WEDDING CEREMONY
463
ASARE CELEBRATION
465
LATER CLAN WORSHIP DURING PARBA
469
RIDDLES
471

THE LOWLAND STRONG MAN
339
THE TIGER AND THE YOGI
353
THE SPLITTING OF THE BANANA LEAF
385
THE JACKAL AND THE BEAR
415
THE SNAKE HUSBAND
427
THE BOY AND THE KINGS DAUGHTER
435
THE EVIL STEPMOTHER
447
SONGS
473
INFLEXIONAL PARADIGMS
479
KINSHIP TERMS
483
DHIMALENGLISH GLOSSARY
485
BIBLIOGRAPHY
609
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John T. King, Ph.D. (2008) in Linguistics, University of Leiden, lives and works in San Francisco, California. He has published several articles dealing with linguistic aspects of Dhimal.