First person singular indexation in Mewahang (Kiranti)

Gerber, Pascal (3 October 2020). First person singular indexation in Mewahang (Kiranti) (Unpublished). In: 53rd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics. University of North Texas, Denton. 2. - 4. Oktober.

Mewahang (Kiranti, Sankhuwa and Arun valleys, Eastern Nepal) exhibits biactantial verb
agreement morphology well known to be a characteristic trait of Kiranti languages and other
branches of Trans-Himalayan. Presenting primary data from Western Mewahang as spoken in the
village of Bala in the Sankhuwa valley, this talk will give a first account on the agreement
morphology of this dialect, focussing on first person singular indexation, which evinces
morphological and morphophonological peculiarities.

This talk then assesses these peculiarities historically by undertaking a comparison of first person
singular indexation of Western Mewahang, Eastern Mewahang, Lohorung and Yamphu, which
together constitute the so far empirically unsubstantiated “Upper Arun” language family (first
established by van Driem 2001:689–698). This comparison provides diachronic explanations for the
observed synchronic peculiarities related to first person singular indexation in Western Mewahang
and enables to determine their age and phylogenetic relevance.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Gerber, Pascal


400 Language > 410 Linguistics




Pascal Gerber

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26 Mar 2021 08:27

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05 Dec 2022 15:48


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