[Lingtyp] new open-access grammar: Yakkha (Tibeto-Burman), published by Language Science Press

Nigel Vincent nigel.vincent at manchester.ac.uk
Thu Nov 26 10:46:21 UTC 2015

Thanks, Martin, though for some reason the link in your message goes to the wrong grammar (Mauwake rather than Yakka).

Professor Nigel Vincent, FBA MAE
Professor Emeritus of General & Romance Linguistics
The University of Manchester

Linguistics & English Language
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL

From: Lingtyp [lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org] on behalf of Martin Haspelmath [haspelmath at shh.mpg.de]
Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2015 10:41 AM
Subject: [Lingtyp] new open-access grammar: Yakkha (Tibeto-Burman), published by Language Science Press

Lingtyp readers may be interested in a new book in LangSci's series
"Studies in Diversity Linguistics":

Schackow, Diana. 2015. A grammar of Yakkha (Studies in Diversity Linguistics 7).
Berlin: Language Science Press.

This is one of the most detailed grammars of a Kiranti language (Glottolog:
http://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/yakk1236<http://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/mauw1238>). It is written
accessibly and with a typological readership in mind.

Free download at:
http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/66<http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/67> (Printed copy also available,
via print on demand.)

Please consider submitting a book manuscript (monograph or edited
volume, descriptive or typological) to "Studies in Diversity Linguistics".

Best wishes,


This grammar provides the first comprehensive grammatical description of Yakkha, a Sino-Tibetan language of the Kiranti branch.

Yakkha is spoken by about 14,000 speakers in eastern Nepal, in the Sankhuwa Sabha and Dhankuta districts. The grammar is based on original fieldwork in the Yakkha community. Its primary source of data is a corpus of 13,000 clauses from narratives and naturally-occurring social interaction which the author recorded and transcribed between 2009 and 2012. Corpus analyses were complemented by targeted elicitation. The grammar is written in a functional-typological framework. It focusses on morphosyntactic and semantic issues, as these present highly complex and comparatively under-researched fields in Kiranti languages. The sequence of the chapters follows the well-established order of phonological, morphological, syntactic and discourse-structural descriptions. These are supplemented by a historical and sociolinguistic introduction as well as an analysis of the complex kinship terminology. Topics such as verbal person marking, argument structure, transitivity, complex predication, grammatical relations, clause linkage, nominalization, and the topography-based orientation system have received in-depth treatment. Wherever possible, the structures found were explained in a historical-comparative perspective in order to shed more light on how their particular properties have emerged.

Martin Haspelmath (haspelmath at shh.mpg.de<mailto:haspelmath at shh.mpg.de>)
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Kahlaische Strasse 10
D-07745 Jena
Leipzig University
Beethovenstrasse 15
D-04107 Leipzig

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