A grammar of Kurtöp is the first descriptive grammar of Kurtöp, a threatened language of Bhutan, and the only reference grammar of any East Bodish language. The East Bodish languages are a relatively unstudied branch of the larger Tibeto-Burman family, situated in Bhutan and neighbouring regions in Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh. The chapters introduce the language and the people who speak in a historical context and then go on to detail the synchronic and diachronic phonology, discuss word classes and cause structure, morphosyntax and syntax, and illustrate rich system of evidentiality and related categories. The book will be of interest to Tibeto-Burmanists, historical linguists and those interested in the prehistory of the eastern Himalayas, and to typologists.
Gwendolyn Hyslop, PhD. (2011), University of Oregon, is Lecturer of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is a specialist of the Tibeto-Burman languages of Bhutan, and has published many articles on their structure and historical development.
this book will prove indispensible for anyone interested in reconstructing the common ancestors of Tibetan and East Bodish languages and as such is undoubtedly a welcome addition to the expanding field of Tibeto-Burman Linguistics -
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Scholars interested in Tibeto-Burman languages, languages of the Himalayas, and languages of Asia more broadly. This book will also be of interest to typologists.