A Grammar of Kham

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 1, 2009 - Foreign Language Study
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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.
 

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Contents

1 The people and their language
1
2 Segmental phonology
17
3 Tonology
36
4 Nouns and noun morphology
53
5 Verbs and verb morphology
78
6 Modifiers and adjectivals
111
7 Locatives dimensionals and temporal adverbs
129
8 Adverbs and adverbials
142
12 Tense aspect and modality
257
13 The modality of certainty obligation and unexpected information
285
14 Nondeclarative speech acts
301
15 Interclausal relations and sentence structure
315
16 Nominalized verb forms in discourse
350
17 The Kham verb in historical perspective
371
18 Texts
418
19 Vocabulary
442

9 Minor word classes
160
10 Noun phrases nominalizations and relative clauses
191
11 Simple clauses transitivity and voice
214

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