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A grammar of Bulu Puroik

Lieberherr, Ismael (2017). A grammar of Bulu Puroik. (Thesis). Universität Bern, Bern

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Bulu Puroik is one among several non-mutually intelligible Puroik languages spoken in Arunachal Pradesh and belongs to the Kho-Bwa branch of the Trans-Himalayan language family. By the time of the research for this grammar, the language was already disappearing and was only spoken by a small number of speakers in the village of Bulu. The goal of this grammar is to provide a first grammatical description of the most important traits of the Bulu Puroik language. The introductory chapter 1 gives background information about the speakers and the village of Bulu. In the following chapter 2, the phonology of the segments, syllables and words is discussed. Word classes are established according to semantic, morphological and syntactic criteria in chapter 3. The remaining chapters describe the most important aspects of Bulu Puroik morphosyntax, namely noun phrases (chapter 4), the structure of verbal predicates (chapter 5), predicate derivations which add adverbial or aspectual meaning to the predicate (chapter 6), nonverbal predicates and copula constructions (chapter 7), the structure of the clause and the particular way of marking objects (chapter 8), multi-clause constructions (chapter 9) and discourse particles and pragmatic constructions (chapter 10). The last chapter is an outline of the vocabulary and syntax of other registers of the language, the hunting language, the ritual language and the story language. The appendix contains a collection of 12 annotated texts and a Puroik-English dictionary. The primary data for this grammar, including the annotated audio and video recordings and the lexicon with audio and image files, are archived and freely accessible on

Item Type: Thesis
Dissertation Type: Single
Date of Defense: 29 September 2017
Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages
Institute / Center: 06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics
Depositing User: Hammer Igor
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 15:45
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2020 10:46

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