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A Grammar of the Thangmi Language with an Ethnolinguistic Introduction to the Speakers and their Culture

This 862-page monograph is a grammar of Thangmi, an endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the districts of Dolakha and Sindhupalcok in
central-eastern Nepal.

Author
Mark Turin
Date
17 May 2006
Links
Full text in Leiden University Repository

Thangmi is spoken by upwards of 25,000 people belonging to an ethnic group of the same name. The Thangmi are one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged communities in Nepal.

The book is comprised of three sections: a grammatical description of the Dolakha dialect of Thangmi, a collection of glossed oral texts and a lexicon with relevant examples. In addition to an analysis of Thangmi phonology, nominal morphology and the verbal agreement system, the grammar includes an ethnolinguistic introduction to the speakers and their culture.

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