Read e-book online A Grammar of Kharia (Brill's Studies in South and Southwest PDF

By John Peterson

ISBN-10: 9004187200

ISBN-13: 9789004187207

Kharia, spoken in central-eastern India, is a member of the southern department of the Munda relations, which kinds the western department of the Austro-Asiatic phylum, stretching from imperative India to Vietnam. the current learn offers the main vast description of Kharia up to now and covers all significant components of the grammar. Of specific curiosity within the number of Kharia defined right here, is that there's no facts for assuming the life of parts-of-speech, comparable to noun, adjective and verb. relatively services equivalent to reference, amendment and predication are expressed by way of certainly one of syntactic buildings, pointed out right here as 'syntagmas'. the amount could be of equivalent curiosity to common linguists from the fields of typology, linguistic thought, areal linguistics, Munda linguistics in addition to South Asianists regularly.

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O/: ja'l 'pull out of the ground' I jo'l 'sweep' =a'l 'genitive-case marker' I =o'l 'past active marker' alorJ 'sing; song' I olorJ 'straw for thatching rooves' /a/ vs. /u/: ula'l 'leaf' I ulu'l 'boil' /e/ vs. )' 28 CHAPTER TWO Iii vs. el 'come' /of vs. /e/: kolo1J 'bread' I kole1J 'king' go~· 'die' I ge~· 'pluck (fruit)' /of vs. /u/: kayo 'wind' I kuyu 'pot' mo'l 'smoke' I mu'l 'emerge' ro'l 'spill' I ru'l 'open' go~· 'die' I gu~· 'puff (of grain)' po1ci 'sprout, grow' I pu 1ci 'jump, spring' oso1J 'bitter' I OSU1J 'bewitch' Iii vs /o/: tomsi1J 'wasp, hornet' I timso1J 'fire' Iii vs.

The corpus contains altogether 30 songs of two types, both the traditional and very common alorJ, in which one person sings a verse which is then echoed by others, as well as the durarJ, which is more ceremonial and which is sung either by one person or by a group together. 12 Finally, a number of examples from the dramas contained in Kerketta (1990) are included here, as these dramas deal with life in the rural areas of the Kharia heartland and hence provide valuable insights into a register of Kharia which could not be obtained in narratives, interviews and conversations.

1 The script The Devanagari writing systems in common use for Kharia differ from one another only minimally. All have in common that each segmental phoneme is generally represented by a single symbol, the one which comes closest to it in the Devanagari script. There are only four regular deviations from this phonemic practice: 1. l (~) and (~) if they are spoken as such. 2. lgl in the coda, which is realized as [1] and generally followed by an "echo-vowel" in slow speech, is written as a glottal stop in the fashion that the respective writer chooses to represent this symbol (see below).

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