25.4112, Diss: Kuki-Chin, Zou; Anthropological Linguistics: Tungdim: 'A Descriptive Grammar of the Zo Language'

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Subject: 25.4112, Diss: Kuki-Chin, Zou; Anthropological Linguistics: Tungdim: 'A Descriptive Grammar of the Zo Language'

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Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:10:28
From: Philip Tungdim [philipzo_64 at rediffmail.com]
Subject: A Descriptive Grammar of the Zo Language

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Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru University 
Program: Linguistics 
Dissertation Status: Completed 
Degree Date: 2012 

Author: Philip Thangliènmâng Tungdim

Dissertation Title: A Descriptive Grammar of the Zo Language 

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Zou (zom)

Language Family(ies): Kuki-Chin


Dissertation Director(s):
Pramod Pandey

Dissertation Abstract:

The study of the grammar provides a bird's eye-view of the historical
background and ethnology. It portrays the history, origin and ethnicity,
physical features, theories of origin, the geography of Zo people as recorded
in traditional songs and poems, Póigâl ‘Poi War’, attacks of Meitei/Manipuri
chiefs, Zogal ‘Zo uprising’, settlement patterns, economic system, social
organization, traditional games and sports, music, dances and folksongs,
political system, arms and ammunitions, religion, folktales and legends, the
significance of the hornbill emblem, and popular flowers of the land. 
The comparative perspectives of Kuki-Chin languages with respect to the Zo
language present the general descriptions, historical development and growth
of the language, genetic and typological classifications, geographical areas,
and survey of the language along with some of its cognate languages, a brief
historical linguistics of some Kuki-Chin languages, a brief comparative
glimpse of the language and some cognate languages, an outline of the
evolution of dialects and languages, as well as a historical survey of
Kuki-Chin languages. 
The phonology chapter describes the phonemic inventories of vowels and
consonants, phonemic contrasts, phonotactics, and suprasegmental tonology of
the Zo tone system, tone alternations, tone notations, types of Zo tones,
description of Zo tones, Praat diagrams of different types of Zo tones. 
The morphology and morphono-tonemics chapter covers noun morphology, which
deals with topics like classification of nouns and its sub-classifications,
animate nouns, numbers, human nouns, nominalized nouns, numerals, pronouns,
personal pronouns, clusivity, pro-dropping and pronominal agreement pairs,
pronoun case forms, anaphora, adjectives, adverbs, structural classification
of adverbs, semantic classification of adverbs, syntactic order of adverbs,
postpositions and their classifications, conjunctions and their
classifications, interjections, particles or makers, and clitics. 
Verb morphology explains the structure and classifications of Zo verb,
syntactic classification of Zo verbs, directionals, tense system, aspects,
mood or modality.  The mood or modality section portrays the pragmatic
functions of moods in appearances of verbal stems in irrealis and realis
moods. The verbal stem alternations explain the appearances of Stem2 verbs.
Word formations and morphono-tonemics section explains various processes of
word formation in neologisms. Derivational morphology section explains
compounding, which is a highly productive process of word formation in Zo. The
affixal morphology section explains the derivational (affixal) morphology of
nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, etc., and the inflectional processes of
word formation of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.   
The syntax chapter covers topics such as noun phrase, sentence and its
structure, or phrase structure.  The discourse structure chapter describes
topics like cohesive devices, politeness, speaking, writing, proverbs or
advices, discourse markers, information structure, theme, focus, and
evidentiality. Lastly, the lexicon covers the domain-wise nouns, adjectives,
and verbs.







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