Links between Lhokpu and Kiranti ‒ some observations

Gerber, Pascal; Gerber, Tanja; Grollmann, Selin (1 December 2016). Links between Lhokpu and Kiranti ‒ some observations. In: Kiranti Workshop, CNRS Université Paris Diderot. Paris: CNRS Université Paris Diderot

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Lhokpu is a Trans-Himalayan language spoken by a dwindling number of speakers in
south-western Bhutan. A grammatical description of the language is currently
being completed by van Driem, Gerber, Grollmann, Hyslop and Tshering
(forthcoming). The closer phylogenetic affiliation of Lhokpu has remained
unclear so far and it has been agnostically treated as an isolate within the
Trans-Himalayan linguistic phylum. However, new investigations in connection
with the prepared grammatical description have lead to new insights concerning
its phylogenetic position and point towards the fact that Lhokpu is not in fact
a Trans-Himalayan isolate. Instead, Lhokpu shows several parallels, especially
in its morphological material, to some other known subbranches of Trans-
Himalayan. One of these branches is Kiranti. This paper presents and assesses
the morphological and lexical parallels between Lhokpu and Kiranti and seeks to
discuss the nature of this relationship.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics > Comparative Linguistics

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Gerber, Pascal, Gerber, Tanja Kim, Grollmann, Selin


400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages


CNRS Université Paris Diderot


[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds




Selin Grollmann

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10 Aug 2020 10:56

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05 Dec 2022 15:39




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