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By Randy J. LaPolla,Chenglong Huang

ISBN-10: 311017829X

ISBN-13: 9783110178296

This e-book is a whole reference grammar of Qiang, one of many minority languages of southwest China, spoken via approximately 70,000 Qiang and Tibetan humans in Aba Tibetan and Qiang self sustaining 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 provided within the publication 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 decades of labor at the language, and is as typologically accomplished as attainable. It contains not just the reference grammar, but in addition an ethnological evaluate, numerous 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 based marking morphology. The phonology of Qiang is sort of complicated, with 39 consonants at seven issues of articulation, plus complicated consonant clusters, either in preliminary and ultimate place, in addition to vowel concord, vowel size differences, and a suite of retroflexed vowels. The grammar is also complicated, with a paradigm of 8 path marking verbal prefixes, and paradigms for individual marking, one for actor, one for non-actor, and numerous different verbal prefixes and suffixes, in addition to certain and quantity marking on nouns. Noun words take classifiers and relational pospositions as well.

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