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By Randy J. LaPolla,Chenglong Huang

This booklet is a whole reference grammar of Qiang, one of many minority languages of southwest China, spoken by way of approximately 70,000 Qiang and Tibetan humans in Aba Tibetan and Qiang independent 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 awarded within the publication is the Northern Qiang kind spoken in Ronghong Village, Yadu Township, Chibusu District, Mao County. This ebook, 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 additionally an ethnological evaluation, numerous totally 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 collection of retroflexed vowels. The grammar is also complicated, with a paradigm of 8 course marking verbal prefixes, and paradigms for individual marking, one for actor, one for non-actor, and various different verbal prefixes and suffixes, in addition to sure and quantity marking on nouns. Noun words take classifiers and relational pospositions as well.

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