University of California Press, Jul 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 514 pages
Lahu is an important minority language of Southeast Asia, belonging to the Lolo-Burmese subgroup of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken by over 500,000 people in China, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
This English-Lahu Lexicon (ELL) is a computer-aided but manually edited "reversal" of the author's monumental Lahu-English dictionary (The Dictionary of Lahu, UCPL #111, 1988, xxv + 1436 pp.).
English-Lahu Lexicon contains nearly 5400 head-entries and well over 10,000 carefully arranged subentries. Every Lahu expression is provided with a form-class designation to indicate its grammatical function. Eight useful Appendices (e.g. Plant and Animal Names) round out the volume's 450 pages.
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Introduction to Animal and Plant Appendices
B Scientific Name to Lahu
a-na AEonomat AEstat animal animist b-ca bamboo bamboo sp banana bee-eater Beiab Belab binturong bird bulbul Burmese rupee caladium chili cicada cicada sp civet Clnf clothes Conj creeper edible Elabadv Elabn Elabv finger fish ﬁsh sp ﬂower fruit gi-sa grass green Interj jungle kha(n kind Lahu liquid macaque medicinal morpheme Mpfx Ndeclaus Ndeverb ni-ma noun NPgen Nspec Ntime object one's opium opium land palm particle person pi ve Vh plant sp Pron Punf Puniv Rhizomys rice land indicator shoulder bags shrub sp smn's spirit sthg stick Thailand things tree sp Vadj Vh'ing Viverridae vowel wild wild ginger wood yellow
Page xii - months long, beginning in January with the selection and clearing of new fields, and ending with the final collection of raw opium in February of the following year.
Page xi - region bounded on the west by the Salween and on the east by the Mekong
Page xii - on stilts and made mostly of bamboo, with wood only for the main supports,
Page xi - than the average minority language, and is often used as a lingua franca by such
Page xi - The small Lahu community in Laos is now thought to comprise from 8000 to 10,000