A Grammar of Qiang: With annotated texts and glossary - download pdf or read online

By Randy J. LaPolla,Chenglong Huang

ISBN-10: 311017829X

ISBN-13: 9783110178296

This publication is an entire reference grammar of Qiang, one of many minority languages of southwest China, spoken by means of approximately 70,000 Qiang and Tibetan humans in Aba Tibetan and Qiang self reliant Prefecture in northern Sichuan Province. It belongs to the Qiangic department of Tibeto-Burman (one of the 2 significant branches of Sino-Tibetan). The dialect offered within the ebook is the Northern Qiang style spoken in Ronghong Village, Yadu Township, Chibusu District, Mao County. This e-book, the 1st book-length description of the Qiang language in English, is the results of a long time of labor at the language, and is as typologically finished as attainable. It contains not just the reference grammar, but additionally an ethnological assessment, a number of absolutely analyzed texts (mostly conventional stories), and an annotated glossary.

The language is verb ultimate, agglutinative (prefixing and suffixing), and has either head-marking and established marking morphology. The phonology of Qiang is kind of advanced, with 39 consonants at seven issues of articulation, plus advanced consonant clusters, either in preliminary and ultimate place, in addition to vowel concord, vowel size differences, and a collection of retroflexed vowels. The grammar is also advanced, with a paradigm of 8 path marking verbal prefixes, and paradigms for individual marking, one for actor, one for non-actor, and various different verbal prefixes and suffixes, in addition to yes and quantity marking on nouns. Noun words take classifiers and relational pospositions as well.

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