[Lingtyp] Glossed corpora of languages w/o grammaticalized definiteness marking

Randy J. LaPolla randy.lapolla at gmail.com
Fri Jun 7 01:15:02 EDT 2019


Dear Jürgen,
In the Rawang language, a Tibeto-Burman language of northern Burma, there is no explicit definiteness marking, but like many languages in the area there is marking of a specific referent by putting the classifier in initial position without a numeral. There are collections of Rawang texts on the following website: http://tibeto-burman.net/rda/texts/index.html and in the following book:

LaPolla, Randy J. & Dory Poa. 2001. Rawang Texts. Berlin: Lincom Europa.
www.randylapolla.info/Papers/LaPolla_and_Poa_2001_Rawang_Texts_with_Grammatical_Analysis_and_English_Translation.pdf <http://www.randylapolla.info/Papers/LaPolla_and_Poa_2001_Rawang_Texts_with_Grammatical_Analysis_and_English_Translation.pdf> 

All the best,
Randy
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The Sino-Tibetan Languages, 2nd Edition (2017)
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Sino-Tibetan Linguistics (2018)
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> On 7 Jun 2019, at 8:59 AM, Seino van Breugel <seinobreugel at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Dear Juergen,
> 
> At the end of this month, my book Atong Texts: Glossed, Translated and Annotated Narratives in a Tibeto-Burman Language of Meghalaya, Northeast India will be published by Brill. I think that some of the texts in this book will be very useful to you.
> 
> Kind regards, 
> 
> Seino 
> 
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> On Fri, Jun 7, 2019, 03:02 Bohnemeyer, Juergen <jb77 at buffalo.edu <mailto:jb77 at buffalo.edu>> wrote:
> Dear colleagues — An advisee of mine is looking for glossed texts to investigate the use of strategies alternative to grammaticalized definiteness marking. Basically, she’s trying to identify about half a dozen genealogically and areally unrelated languages each of which meets all of the following criteria:
> 
> 1. The language lacks grammaticalized definiteness marking. 
> 
> 2. A text or corpus of texts is available for the language that has Leipzig-standard interlinear glosses and translations in English or Spanish.
> 
> 3. The text (corpus) comprises at least about 1000 clauses, but ideally twice that or more.
> 
> 4. The individual texts should be long-ish and their referring expressions shouldn’t be predominately proper names. 
> 
> If you’re aware of a language so resourced, please let me know!
> 
> Many thanks! — Juergen
> 
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