Dr. Anton Lustig’s Grammar and Dictionary of Zaiwa is a thorough and unique documentation of this main language of the Jingpo minority in southwest China. Volume I clarifies the precise meanings of numerous grammatical and lexical categories, in a holistic and all-encompassing but also vivid way, offering real insight into the conceptual universe of this typologically highly interesting tonal language, with suprasegmental traits. Volume II contains a dictionary, stories and songs. This work is also a historical monument for and tribute to this endangered language.
With financial support of the International Institute for Asian Studies (www.iias.nl).
Anton Lustig (b. 1964, Netherlands) has spent about half his life in China. After finishing this book, he is still working for the benefit of the Zaiwa/Jingpo people, as a painter, composer, educator, ethnographer and leader of Prop Roots, a program on education, ethno-linguistics and intercultural exchange.
Anyone interested in the Zaiwa/Jingpo culture, specialists in Tibeto-Burman languages, language typologists and all other linguists.