Grammar of Poumai Naga (Poula)

A Trans-Himalayan Language of North-East India


This is the first complete description of Poumai Naga (Poula), an understudied language spoken in Manipur in northeast India. Poumai Naga belongs to the Angami-Pochuri clade of the Trans-Himalayan family. The book comprises all aspects of the language, including phonology, lexicon, morphosyntax, syntax and discourse. This work employs the tone periodic table, an innovative method used for documenting tone languages. A bilingual lexicon and a collection of fully-analysed texts are provided in the appendices. This research work represents a substantial contribution to the field of comparative Trans-Himalayan linguistics.

Prices from (excl. VAT):

Add to Cart
Sahiinii Lemaina Veikho, Ph.D. (2019), University of Bern, is a researcher specializing in Angami-Pochuri languages of the Trans-Himalayan family. He has published several articles on Trans-Himalyan languages spoken in northeast India.
List of Figures and Tables

1 Introduction
 1.1 The Language
 1.2 The People
 1.3 History of the Poumai Naga
 1.4 The Social System of the Poumai Naga
 1.5 Genetic Classification
 1.6 Previous Work Done on Poula and Related Languages
 1.7 Organisation of the Grammar
 1.8 Theoretical Framework and Data Collection

2 Sound System
 2.1 Overview
 2.2 Syllable Structure
 2.3 Consonants
 2.4 Vowels
 2.5 Morphophonology
 2.6 Word-Hood
 2.7 Summary

3 Tone documentation
 3.1 Overview
 3.2 Tonemes in Poula
 3.3 Phonetic Realisation of the Tonemes
 3.4 Noun Morphotonology
 3.5 Verb Morphotonology
 3.6 Tone Pattern in Particles
 3.7 The Tone Periodic Table
 3.8 Illustration of the Poula Tone Periodic Table
 3.9 Corpus
 3.10 Summary

4 Word Classes
 4.1 Overview
 4.2 Content Words
 4.3 Derived Modifiers
 4.4 Functional Words
 4.5 Summary

5 Expressive Words
 5.1 Overview
 5.2 Acoustic Symbolic Words
 5.3 Articulatory Symbolic Words
 5.4 Systematic Patterned Words
 5.5 Prosody in Expressive Words
 5.6 Summary

6 Noun Phrases
 6.1 Overview
 6.2 Components of the Noun Phrase
 6.3 Noun Phrase Coordination
 6.4 Appositions
 6.5 Asyndetic Coordinations
 6.6 Embedding Noun Phrases
 6.7 Summary

7 Argument Marking
 7.1 Overview
 7.2 Argument Markers
 7.3 Core Argument Markings
 7.4 Summary

8 Nominalisation and Relative Clauses
 8.1 Overview
 8.2 Nominalisers
 8.3 Derivational Nominalisation
 8.4 Clausal Nominalisation
 8.5 Relative Clauses
 8.6 The Prosody of Nominalisation
 8.7 Summary

9 Predicate Structure
 9.1 Overview
 9.2 Components of the Predicate Structure
 9.3 The Causative pai-
 9.4 Modifiers
 9.5 Head
 9.6 Verb Particles
 9.7 Negation in Verbs
 9.8 Tense and Aspect
 9.9 Modality
 9.10 Sentence Final Markers
 9.11 Summary

10 Clause Types
 10.1 Overview
 10.2 Verbal Clauses
 10.3 Nonverbal Clauses
 10.4 Complement Clauses
 10.5 Imperative Clauses
 10.6 Interrogative Clauses
 10.7 Summary

11 Clause Combining
 11.1 Overview
 11.2 Simple and Complex Clauses
 11.3 Clause Linking Morphemes of Dependent Nonfinite clauses
 11.4 Clause Linking Morphemes of Dependent Finite Clauses
 11.5 The Sequential Marker -ly
 11.6 The Quotative -rwù
 11.7 Serial Verb Constructions
 11.8 Summary

12 Discourse Particles
 12.1 Overview
 12.2 The Particle sw
 12.3 The Particle w
 12.4 The Particle wm
 12.5 The Particle dwi
 12.6 The Particle e
 12.7 The Particle -khai
 12.8 The Particle te
 12.9 The Particle nga
 12.10 The Particle o
 12.11 The Particle -ma
 12.12 The Particle swshokozw
 12.13 The Particle ty
 12.14 The Attention Particle shiva
 12.15 The Particle ‘That Is’
 12.16 The Particle zyko
 12.17 The Particle thwutimò
 12.18 The Particle sa
 12.19 The Comparatives Particles
 12.20 The Conditional -ko
 12.21 The Non-specific tara
 12.22 The Particle -laí Expressing certainty
 12.23 Particles Expressing Probability

13 Text Samples
 13.1 The Story of Liipeirou (Lwpwiru)
 13.2 The Story of Ro
 13.3 The Story of Chiiho
 13.4 The Story of Dziilai Chína
 13.5 The Story of Ziile Mou ‘Rice Seedling’
 13.6 Narration on the Ritual Ki
 13.7 A Short Narration about the Place Call khia
 13.8 Conversation

14 List of Words

Anyone interested in the Poumai Naga culture and language, and linguists, ethnographers and anthropologists working on the languages and people of the Himalayan region.