A Grammar of Darma provides the first comprehensive description of this Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Uttarakhand, India. The analysis is informed by a functional-typological framework and draws on a corpus of data gathered through elicitation, observation and recordings of natural discourse. Every effort has been made to describe day-to-day language, so whenever possible, illustrative examples are taken from extemporaneous speech and contextualized. Sections of the grammar should appeal widely to scholars interested in South Asia’s languages and cultures, including discussions of the socio-cultural setting, the sound system, morphosyntactic, clause and discourse structure. The grammar’s interlinearized texts and glossary provide a trove of useful information for comparative linguists working on Tibeto-Burman languages and anyone interested in the world’s less-commonly spoken languages.
Christina Willis Oko, Ph.D. (2007), University of Texas, Austin, is a researcher specializing in the documentation and description of lesser-studied Tibeto-Burman languages of South Asia. Her work emphasizes the study of natural discourse to understand patterns in language and society.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements List of Tables List of Figures List of Maps Abbreviations
Sound System and Orthography
An Acoustic Analysis of Sounds in Darma
Noun Phrases, Nouns, and Nominal Morphology
Pronouns and Demonstratives
Adjectives, Adjectivals, and Their Modifiers
The Structure of the Noun Phrase
Verbs and Associated Morphology
Constituent Order and Roles Markers (Reprise)
Clause and Sentence Structure
Discourse and Texts
Appendix A: Place Names, Language Names, and Other Information
Appendix B: Recordings
Appendix C: Formant Measurements
Appendix D: Glossary Bibliography
All interested in the languages and cultures of the Himalayas and South Asia, especially those interested in natural discourse, language obsolescence, linguistic typology and comparative studies of Tibeto-Burman languages.