Personal Pronouns in Palaung Dialects

Statement of Responsibility:
Deepadung, Sujaritlak
Date:
2013
Abstract:

This paper presents personal pronouns of the Palaung dialects, which belong to the Palaungic branch of Mon-Khmer in the Austroasiatic language family. Data were gathered from Palaung speakers in Thailand, Myanmar, and China: in Thailand from Noe-Lae village, Chiang Mai Province; in Myanmar from Nyaung Gone village, Kalaw city, and Ban Paw village, Kengtung; and in China from five varieties of the Palaung language spoken in villages in Luxi county and in Nan Sang Cun Shan Zhai village, Ruili township, both areas of which are in Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan. The personal pronouns of all of these dialects form a system divided by number—singular, dual, and plural—and by person—first, second, and third. A distinction between inclusive and exclusive forms occurs in dual and plural of the first person. This system conforms to the typical system of Mon-Khmer languages. Data collected in this study are also compared with the results presented in Janzen and Janzen’s 1972 study of Palaung pronouns. Based on personal pronouns, the relationship between the Palaung dialects in Thailand, Myanmar, and China is also discussed.

Extent:
17 pages
Subject:
personal pronouns
Mon-Khmer
Austroasiatic language family
Country:
China
Myanmar
Thailand
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