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A Grammar of Qiang

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Qiang is a Tibeto-Burman language of southwest China, spoken by about 70,000 Qiang and Tibetan people in northern Sichuan Province... Lire la suite
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Qiang is a Tibeto-Burman language of southwest China, spoken by about 70,000 Qiang and Tibetan people in northern Sichuan Province. This book, the first book-length description of the Qiang language in English, includes not only the reference grammar, but also an ethnological overview, several fully analyzed texts (mostly traditional stories) and an annotated glossary. The language is verb final, and agglutinative (prefixing and suffixing), with a very complex phonological system and both head-marking and dependent marking morphology. It will be of use to typologists, comparativists, Sino-Tibetanists, anthropologists, and linguists in general.



Auteur

Randy LaPolla is Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong.



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This book is a full reference grammar of Qiang, one of the minority languages of southwest China, spoken by about 70,000 Qiang and Tibetan people in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in northern Sichuan Province. It belongs to the Qiangic branch of Tibeto-Burman (one of the two major branches of Sino-Tibetan). The dialect presented in the book is the Northern Qiang variety spoken in Ronghong Village, Yadu Township, Chibusu District, Mao County. This book, the first book-length description of the Qiang language in English, is the result of many years of work on the language, and is as typologically comprehensive as possible. It includes not only the reference grammar, but also an ethnological overview, several fully analyzed texts (mostly traditional stories), and an annotated glossary.

The language is verb final, agglutinative (prefixing and suffixing), and has both head-marking and dependent marking morphology. The phonology of Qiang is quite complex, with 39 consonants at seven points of articulation, plus complex consonant clusters, both in initial and final position, as well as vowel harmony, vowel length distinctions, and a set of retroflexed vowels. The grammar also is complex, with a paradigm of eight direction marking verbal prefixes, and two paradigms for person marking, one for actor, one for non-actor, and a variety of other verbal prefixes and suffixes, as well as definite and number marking on nouns. Noun phrases take classifiers and relational pospositions as well.

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Titre: A Grammar of Qiang
Sous-titre: With annotated texts and glossary
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9783110197273
ISBN: 978-3-11-019727-3
Protection contre la copie numérique: libre
Format: eBook (pdf)
Editeur: Gruyter, Walter de GmbH
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 445
Parution: 22.08.2008
Année: 2008
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 3.3 MB

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