A Grammar Sketch of Lhomi

Statement of Responsibility:
Vesalainen, Olavi
Issue Date:
2016
Abstract:
It is the complex evidentiality strategy and direct evidentials that dominate the Lhomi grammar. For example tense may be marked in six different ways and most verbal affixes have multiple grammatical meanings. The so-called honorific system of Lhomi means that many common verb and noun roots have an honorific counterpart, not a grammatical marker as might be expected. Lhomi is a typical SOV/AOV language which among other things means that internally headed relative clauses are common. Split ergativity is another distinctive grammatical feature. Lhomi also qualifies for a clause chaining language, the relation of chain-medial and chain-final clauses being one of co-subordination. It is the finite clause in a chain that is the punch line.
Extent:
347 pages
Table of Contents:

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Morpheme gloss abbreviations
Transcription
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The people and their language
2 Phonology
3 Nouns and noun morphology
4 Numerals
5 Demonstratives and articles
6 Marking the grammatical case on nouns, adjectives, postpositions, and demonstratives
7 Postpositions and postpositional phrases
8 Adjectives
9 Adverbs
10 Minor word classes
11 Word formation
12 Terms of address
13 Verbs and verb morphology
14 Evidentials
15 Clause
16 Modality verbs
17 Verb nominalization and relative clauses
18 Clause combining and sentence
19 Discourse
Appendix: Texts
References

Subject:
Serial verbs
Nominalization
Nepal
Lhomi
Honorifics
Evidentiality
Ergativity
Country:
Nepal
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Relation Text:
SIL Language and Culture Documentation and Description 34