A descriptive grammar of Yongning Na (Mosuo)

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Title: A descriptive grammar of Yongning Na (Mosuo)
Author: Lidz, Liberty A.
Abstract: This dissertation is a descriptive grammar of Yongning Na (Mosuo), a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in southwestern China. The theoretical approaches taken are functional syntax and the discourse-based approach to language description and documentation. The aim of this dissertation is to describe the ways that the language's features and subsystems intersect to make Na a unique entity: analyticity; zero anaphora; OV word order; topic/comment information structure; a five-part evidential system; a conjunct/disjunct-like system that intersects with evidentiality and verbal semantics; prolific grammaticalization; overlap between nominalization and relativization and associated structures; representation of time through aspect, Aktionsarten, adverbials, and discourse context; and the Daba shamanic register.
Department: Linguistics
Subject: Language description Language documentation Tibeto-Burman Na Mosuo Naxi Nakhi Dabaism Yongning Na Descriptive grammar Sociolinguistics Indigenous language Endangered languages
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-12-2643
Date: 2010-12

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