By Coupe, A.R.
A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the results of the authors fieldwork over a ten-year interval, offers the 1st complete grammatical description of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this zone stay under-documented for a couple of historic purposes. through the 19th and early 20th centuries, the common cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from getting into the Naga Hills. almost immediately after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising by means of Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of proscribing entry to the afflicted zone ensured that Nagaland remained a tough position to behavior learn. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao deals invaluable new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known quarter of the area. The grammatical research files all of the sensible 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 few typologically attention-grabbing gains which are defined intimately within the booklet. between those is an strange case marking method during which grammatical marking is prompted by way of semantic and pragmatic components, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces complicated sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation techniques also are mentioned the place suitable, thereby extending the charm of the publication to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation thought. This booklet should be of price to any linguist looking to make clear genetic relationships in the Tibeto-Burman relatives, and it'll serve extra greatly as a reference grammar for typologists drawn to the typological characteristic
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Coupe (1998, 1999, 2003a) describe the phonetics, phonology and tone system of Mongsen, and Coupe (2002) offers a preliminary analysis of the tense and mood system. This is superseded by Coupe (2003c) and the present work. ) exists in the SOAS library at the University of London. Mills’ data is used in the classification of Marrison (1967). Published work on the Chungli dialect includes an early grammatical description (Clark  2002), an early dictionary (Clark  1990), a phonetic reader (Gowda 1972) and a brief grammatical sketch (Gowda 1975).
The Ao also use a variety of traps and weirs to trap fish and crustaceans. Every family keeps chickens and some keep one or two pigs. Livestock are mostly kept for breeding and their sale provides a ready source of cash when it is needed. A small market was inaugurated at Mangmetong village during the monsoon of 1999 and provides a place for people to sell the meat of slaughtered pigs, live chickens, and vegetables from their gardens. Most families have their own plots of land for farming unless they are landless, in which case they will rent a plot of land to grow crops, the rent usually being paid by a proportion of the harvest.
The Khar, Khensa and Waromung data were recorded in the field using a Sony TCM 5000EV analogue cassette tape recorder and a Sony ECM-FO1 microphone. Some of the Waromung data was previously recorded in the Phonetics Laboratory of the Department of Linguistics at the Australian National University. Most of the Mangmetong data was recorded using a Sony MiniDisc MZ-R50 and a Sony ECM-ZS90 condenser microphone. 4. 13. 14. Theoretical orientation 21 Chapter 2. g. g. aki ‘house’. 4. Tone sandhi is extensive in Mongsen, with output tones often differing considerably from underlying tones.