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Author Ding, Picus Sizhi, author

Title A Grammar of Prinmi : based on the central dialect of northwest Yunnan, China / Picus Sizhi Ding
Published Leiden, Netherlands : Brill, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (405 pages) : color illustrations, maps, photographs
Series Brill's Tibetan Studies Library, 1568-6183 ; Volume 5/14
Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region
Brill's Tibetan studies library ; Volume 5/14
Languages of the greater Himalayan region.
Contents A Grammar of Prinmi; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Preface; Abbreviations; Maps; Photographs; Chapter One: Introduction; 1.1. The Pǔmǐ people: a brief ethnography; 1.1.1. Origin and history of migration; 1.1.2. Religion; 1.1.3. Relations with other minority nationalities; 1.1.4. Multilingualism and language attitude; 1.2. Overview of the Prinmi language; 1.2.1. Previous work; 1.2.2. Genetic affiliation and varieties of the language; 1.2.3. Typological profile; 1.3. Fieldwork settings; 1.3.1. The community; 1.3.2. Consultants and data
1.4. Presentation of data and examplesChapter Two: Segmental Phonology; 2.1. Consonants; 2.1.1. Plain plosives; 2.1.2. Fricatives; 2.1.3. Nasals, laterals and rhotics; 2.1.4. Affricates; 2.1.5. Rhoticized plosives; 2.2. Glides; 2.3. Vowels; 2.3.1. Monophthongs; Front vowels; Central vowels; Back vowels; 2.3.2. Complex vowels: diphthong and triphthong; Rising diphthongs with /j/; Rising diphthongs with /ɥ/; Rising diphthongs with /w/; Falling diphthongs and triphthong; 2.3.3. Vowel lowering; 2.4. The syllable
2.4.1. Syllable structure2.4.2. Phonotactics; 2.5. Segmental changes; 2.5.1. Changes in vowels; Centralization of vowels; Vowel fusion; Nasalization; Glide epenthesis; Trill substitution; 2.5.2. Changes in consonants; Voicing/Aspiration change; Glottaling; Change of voiceless nasals; Chapter Three: The Suprasegmentals; 3.1. Surface tones on monosyllabic words; 3.2. Tones of polysyllabic words; 3.2.1. Disyllabic words; 3.2.2. Trisyllabic words; 3.2.3. Tetrasyllabic words; 3.3. The phonological system of tone
3.3.1. The melody-tone system3.3.2. Extra-prosodicality; 3.4. Suprasegmental changes; 3.4.1. Regular tone change in clitic groups; 3.4.2. Tone change in prefixed verbs; 3.4.3. Tone change in reduplication; 3.4.4. Tone change in compounds; 3.4.5. Tone change in numeral-classifier compounds; 3.4.6. Tone change under the influence of intonation; Chapter Four: Lexical Categories; 4.1. Relation between lexical categories: an overlapping approach; 4.2. Open lexical categories; 4.2.1. Verbs; 4.2.2. Nouns; 4.2.3. Adjectives; 4.2.4. Overlap among open lexical categories; 4.3. Closed lexical categories
4.3.1. Auxiliary verbs4.3.2. Demonstratives; 4.3.3. Pronouns; 4.3.4. Numerals; 4.3.5. Classifiers; 4.3.6. Ideophones; 4.3.7. Adverbs; 4.3.8. Onomatopes and Interjections; 4.3.9. Postpositions; Locational postpositions: khʉ, po, wu, lo, and dʒe; Non-locational postpositions: ni, bo, õ, and ki; Versatile postpositions: be 'at/to/from' and to 'on/than'; Chapter Five: Morphology; 5.1. Nominal affixation; 5.2. Verb morphology; 5.2.1. Directional prefixes; 5.2.2. Derivation with affixes; From verbs to nouns/nominals: -dĩ, -mi, and -ji
Summary In A Grammar of Prinmi Picus Ding provides the first in-depth description of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by the Pumi Nationality and the Zàng Nationality in southwest China. Prinmi is closely related to the extinct language of Tangut
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Chinese language -- Dialects -- Grammar.
Chinese language -- Dialects -- China -- Yunnan
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9004279776
9789004279773 (e-book)