By Coupe, A.R.
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the authors fieldwork over a ten-year interval, provides the 1st finished grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this area stay under-documented for a few old purposes. through the 19th and early 20th centuries, the common cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from coming into the Naga Hills. almost immediately after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising through Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of limiting entry to the stricken sector ensured that Nagaland remained a tough position to behavior study. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao bargains priceless new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known area of the area. The grammatical research records the entire useful domain names of the language and comprises 4 glossed and translated texts, the latter being of curiosity to anthropologists learning folklore. Mongsen Ao is a hugely agglutinating, in most cases suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a couple of typologically attention-grabbing positive factors which are defined intimately within the ebook. between those is an strange case marking method within which grammatical marking is inspired via semantic and pragmatic components, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces intricate sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation techniques also are mentioned the place proper, thereby extending the charm of the ebook to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation idea. This publication can be of worth to any linguist trying to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman kinfolk, and it'll serve extra generally as a reference grammar for typologists drawn to the typological function
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Pitch is indicated by superscript tone letters 1-5 in phonetic transcriptions, with ı55 being the highest and ı11 the lowest pitch level. 1. 1. V coda (G) (C2) Metrical structure of the Mongsen syllable There are no restrictions on the occurrence of consonants in the onset slot (C1). Glides that function as syllable onsets behave no differently to consonant segments, thus need not be differentiated when occurring in this position. The nucleus consists of an obligatory syllabic element V and a post-vocalic glide (G) when it is maximally specified.
Sermons and announcements are always given in the Chungli dialect, even in Mongsen villages. Furthermore, all native Mongsen speakers I quizzed uniformly reported that they only ever pray in the Chungli dialect. Christianity has now become an important aspect of the identity of the Ao and other tribes of Nagaland. 8. Ao dialects The Ao recognize two major dialects of their language, viz. Chungli and Mongsen. 1, a sub-dialect of Mongsen known as Changki is spoken in a village of the same name and in a few other villages located on the Changkikong and Japukong ranges.
Lycanthropy survives amongst the Ao in some villages, despite the influence of Christianity. A locally famous were-tiger by the name of Tali Meren, an inhabitant of Khensa village, is sometimes consulted by members of the Ao community because of the supernatural powers he is thought to possess. 7. Ethnographic overview 15 Christianity was first brought to the Ao country in 1872 by an Assamese evangelist named Godhula, who was encouraged by the American Baptist missionaries Reverend Edward Winter Clark and his wife Mary Mead Clark to try proselytizing amongst the Ao after their mission failed to win many converts amongst the Hindus and Muslims on the Assam plain.
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao (Mouton Grammar Library) by Coupe, A.R.