Grammar of Dhimal

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Grammar of Dhimal

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Grammar of Dhimal
Author: King, John Timothy
Publisher: Himalayan Languages Project, Faculty of the Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2008-09-03
Keywords: Dhimal
South Asia
Abstract: The present work, a grammar of Dhimal, fills an important void in the documentation of the vast and ramified Tibeto-Burman language family. Dhimal, a little known and endangered tongue spoken in the lowlands of southeastern Nepal by about 20,000 individuals, is described in this detailed work. With data gathered over many years in the village of Āṭhiyābārī, the author crafts a readable description of the western dialect, using over 1000 examples to illustrate usage. Included in this reference work are seventeen texts transcribed from recordings made in Nepal, riddles, songs and a Dhimal-English glossary. This grammar of Dhimal joins other recent ground-breaking linguistic descriptions by researchers from the Himalayan Languages Project at Leiden University and will have lasting scientific value both for future scholars and for the Dhimal community in their efforts at preserving their language.
Description: Promotor: G. van Driem
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: King, J.T., 2008, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University

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