A Grammar of Lao

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Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 567 pages

Lao is the national language of Laos, and is also spoken widely in Thailand and Cambodia. It is a tone language of the Tai-Kadai family (Southwestern Tai branch). Lao is an extreme example of the isolating, analytic language type. This book is the most comprehensive grammatical description of Lao to date. It describes and analyses the important structures of the language, including classifiers, sentence-final particles, and serial verb constructions. Special attention is paid to grammatical topics from a semantic, pragmatic, and typological perspective.

 

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Contents

Overview
3
Phonology
33
Sentencefinal and phrasefinal particles
41
Pronouns
77
Nominal modification
93
Nominal classification
119
Reference management
157
Aspectualmodal marking
173
Threeparticipant events
355
Spatial predication
383
Secondary Predication
397
Causation
421
Complementation
427
Coordinating constructions
455
Adverbial constructions
463
Summary remark on multiverb constructions
481

Verbs and verb types
239
Basic clausal syntax
271
Expressive forms
299
Noncanonical transitive events
317
Preliminary remarks on multiverb constructions
339
Texts
487
References
541
Index
562
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N. J. Enfield, Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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