A Grammar of Dumi
Dumi Rai is a Kiranti language spoken in Khotan district in the Everest zone of eastern Nepal. The Dumi speaking area is limited to five pancayats all abutting the Rava and Tap rivers near their confluence and upriver therefrom. The Dumi are now a minority in the area to which they are indigenous (constituting roughly a quarter of the population in Khotan district); retention is low and surviving speakers of Dumi are scarce. The material in this volume likely will comprise what is saved of the language for posterity. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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actant allophone An-a ani?a anki antsi antsi?a aspectivized attested in Sasarka bamboo Bhimal Sin's bhu tree bo?o ceremony deities disincarnate Dumi dumo dzu?u elder sister EMPH ergative expression forms gerund glottal glottal stop go:ta/go:tim Halkhum hammil I-ERG imni intransitive intransitive conjugation intsi khah khanikpa Khe:ma Khopsi-Likpa khuts-a Kiranti Kiranti language Limbu lini locative main verb Makpa malop mi:n millet beer mini mitni mombi Mombi-ka morpheme Moyka Na:ghi na:m Na:ye:m naksoe-sele NEG/PT Nepali nom.sf nominal non-first person non-preterite noun occurs offspring or sibling open stem patient agreement pheme phik phoneme pluperfect plural prefix preterite primordial pronouns reflexive verb rice ritual Ruwabhu shaman simplex someone speaker stem alternation stem final stem vowel stone suffix there-pfG theyd TheyP third singular Tibeto-Burman To:ma transitive verbs vi-l vide vr.non-erg vt-l youd younger youP yous-ERG