A Grammar of Sunwar: Descriptive Grammar, Paradigms, Texts and Glossary

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BRILL, 2008 - 315 ˹
This description of Sunwar, an endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken in eastern Nepal, is based on extensive field work by the author and contains a chapter with background information on the Sunwar language, its speakers and their culture, followed by sections on the phonology, the indigenous writing system and the morphology of Sunwar. Verb paradigms, glossed texts, a Sunwar-English glossary and bibliographical references are also presented. Contact between the Sunwar and Nepali languages resulted in language change, most visible in the verbal system, where the older biactantial agreement system typical for Kiranti languages disappeared and suffix conjugations emerged. This book will interest those interested in descriptive linguistics, language change and languages of South Asia.
 

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Chapter One Background information
1
Chapter Two Phonology
23
Chapter Three The writing system
45
Chapter Four Nominal morphology
51
Chapter Five Finite verbs
109
Chapter Six Nonfinite verbs
191
Chapter Seven Paradigms
199
Chapter Eight Texts
209
82 Religious matters
211
83 Family life
225
84 Work
242
85 Autobiographical scetches
249
86 Miscellaneous matters
257
Chapter Nine Glossary
269
Chapter Ten Bibliography
311
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Dörte Borchers, Ph.D. (2007) in Descriptive Linguistics, Leiden University, has published on language politics, minority languages, and Sunwar and done research on Burmese. She is currently working on the documentation of Surel.

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