Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region, Volume 4: A Grammar of Kulung


This book is the first description of Kulung, a complex-pronominalising Kiranti (Tibeto-Burman) language spoken in eastern Nepal. It contains the phonology, morphology, and syntax as well as sample texts, verbal paradigms, and a Kulung-English lexicon. The data presented here were collected during four field trips which the author undertook to Nepal between 1992 and 1995. This grammar of Kulung is an exhaustive reference work for Tibeto-Burman linguistics, language typology, and linguistic theory. With financial support of the International Institute for Asian Studies (


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Biographical Note

Gerard Jacobus Tolsma, Ph.D. (1999) in Descriptive Linguistics, Leiden University, is currently working as a linguist at the Ministry of Justice in The Netherlands. He has published several articles on Kulung and comparative Tibeto-Burman linguistics.


All those interested in Tibeto-Burman linguistics, language typology, linguistic theory and Kiranti society and culture.