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By Coupe, A.R.

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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 quarter stay under-documented for a few historic purposes. throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the common cultural perform of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from coming into the Naga Hills. almost immediately after Indian independence in 1947, an armed uprising through Naga separatists and a central authority coverage of proscribing entry to the stricken region ensured that Nagaland remained a tricky position to behavior study. during this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao bargains worthy new insights into the constitution of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a linguistically little-known zone of the area. The grammatical research files the entire 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, generally suffixing language with predominantly dependent-marking features. Its grammar demonstrates a few typologically fascinating good points which are defined intimately within the e-book. between those is an strange case marking approach within which grammatical marking is stimulated via semantic and pragmatic elements, and a wealthy verbal morphology that produces intricate sequences of agglutinative suffixes. Grammaticalisation techniques also are mentioned the place proper, thereby extending the charm of the publication to linguists with pursuits in grammaticalisation concept. This publication 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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Longkum village, historically one of the most powerful of Ao villages, was the last to convert and probably has the most households that continue to follow the old religion. An account of the traditional belief system of the Ao can be found in Mills (1926). Much of the traditional ceremony of the original religion remains in the Christianity practiced in Mangmetong village. The pastor, for example, has in many ways an identical role to the ceremonial priest of old and is still called upon to pray for any new venture or inauguration, such as the opening of a new market stall, or the construction of a new house.

Village life The Ao villager is traditionally a subsistence farmer who supplements his diet with food hunted and gathered in the jungle. Meals are eaten twice a day. A typical meal consists of rice and vegetables, and occasionally meat or fish. The Ao dearly love to eat pork, especially during festivals and other celebrations, but this is observed to be a rare addition to the daily meal in the village and most dishes are vegetarian. Food collected from the streams and forests includes fish, prawns, crabs, jackfruit, mangoes, edible ferns and other greens.

The Mangmetong variety of Mongsen thus forms the bulk of the data presented in this grammar. However, on all fieldtrips I have made a point of visiting other Mongsen villages to collect samples of texts whenever opportunities presented, and as noted above, I have often worked with consultants who speak different Mongsen varieties – for example, those of the villages of Chungtia, Khar, Khensa, Longkum, Longchang, Mekhuli and Mebongchukit – in order to obtain an appreciation of the extent of linguistic diversity that can occur between varieties of the one dialect.

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