Patterns of development, patterns of syncretism of relational morphology in the Bodic languages

Noonan, Michael

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In this paper, the author presents the results of an examination of the relational morphology in 76 Tibeto-Burman languages, primarily from the Bodic section of the Tibeto-Burman language family. He discusses a set of etymons used to express relational functions and show how the meanings of the reflexes of these etymons have evolved. Michael Noonan then go on to discuss overall patterns of syncretism of relational markers in these languages. Finally, the author deals with the relation between the observed overall patterns of syncretism and the evolution of the reflexes of the etymons.

Document type: Article
Date: 2008
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2008 11:20
DDC-classification: Other languages
Controlled Keywords: Bodo-Sprache, Morphosyntax, Synkretismus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bodo-Sprachfamilie , Sprachverwandtschaft , Sprachentwicklung, Bodo Language , Syntax-Morphology , Syncretism , Language Development
Subject (classification): Linguistics
Countries/Regions: Nepal
Series: Personen > Electronic Publications by Michael Noonan
Volume: 25