Ethnolinguistic survey of westernmost Arunachal Pradesh: A field worker's impressions

Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus (2014). Ethnolinguistic survey of westernmost Arunachal Pradesh: A field worker's impressions. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman area, 37(2), pp. 198-239. John Benjamins 10.1075/ltba.37.2.03bod

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The area between Bhutan in the west, Tibet in the north, the Kameng river in the east and Assam in the south is home to at least six distinct phyla of the Trans-Himalayan (Tibeto-Burman, Sino-Tibetan) language family. These phyla encompass a minimum of 11, but probably 15 or even more mutually unintelligible languages, all showing considerable internal dialect variation. Previous literature provided largely incomplete or incorrect accounts of these phyla. Based on recent field research, this article discusses in detail the several languages of four phyla whose speakers are included in the Monpa Scheduled Tribe, providing the most accurate speaker data, geographical distribution, internal variation and degree of endangerment. The article also provides some insights into the historical background of the area and the impact this has had on the distribution of the ethnolinguistic groups.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics

ISSN:

0731-3500

Publisher:

John Benjamins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Maxwell Perkins Phillips

Date Deposited:

01 Apr 2015 16:10

Last Modified:

01 Apr 2015 16:10

Publisher DOI:

10.1075/ltba.37.2.03bod

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.66535

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/66535

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