A Phula Comparative Lexicon; Phola, Phuza, Muji, Phowa, Azha

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Pelkey, Jamin
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This monograph presents a comparative lexicon of five representative Phula languages: Phola [ypg], Phuza [ypz], Hlepho Phowa [yhl], Southern Muji [ymc] and Azha [aza]. These languages belong to the Southeastern Ngwi branch of Burmic in the Tibeto-Burman family and are spoken in southeastern Yunnan Province, China. Following a brief introduction to the ethnohistory, social geography, linguistic typology and genetic lineage of these languages and their next-of-kin, the lexicon provides over 1,100 comparative entries for each representative lect with Chinese and English glosses organized by semantic domain. Footnotes follow each set of 25 entries page-by-page for the clarification of semantic field ambiguities, usage idiosyncrasies, subtle dialect distinctions and other notes of interest gleaned during elicitation sessions. The primary comparative list is followed by a transposed 660-item list sorted according to Ngwi protoforms (Bradley 1979) for diachronic comparison. These combined wordlists constitute a sampling of the data collected by the author from 2005-2006 in cooperation with the Honghe Nationalities Research Institute, Yuxi Normal University, the Wenshan Zhuang Studies Council, La Trobe University and SIL-International, East Asia Group. The work is intended to serve as a companion to Pelkey (2011), in which historical dialectology is undertaken to operationalize these languages, along with 19 others—validating them in the process as ontogenetic representatives of their respective macro-clades.
vi, 136 pages
historical studies
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