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A phonetic, phonological, and morphosyntactic analysis of the Mara language

Author: Michelle J Arden; San José State University. Linguistics and Language Development Department.
Publisher: San Jose, Calif. : San Jose State University, 2010.
Dissertation: M.A. San Jose State University 2010.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation   Computer File : English
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This thesis presents a linguistic analysis of the Mara language, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in northwest Myanmar and in neighboring districts of India. Data has been gathered through interviews with a native speaker. The analysis includes a full phonetic segment inventory of the dialect and a phonological analysis of contrastive sounds and contextual variants. Sound files embedded in the document illustrate the  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle J Arden; San José State University. Linguistics and Language Development Department.
OCLC Number: 688491422
Notes: Title from PDF title page (viewed July 21, 2010).
Includes abstract.
Description: 178 pages : digital, PDF file, illustrations (some color), color maps + 1 sound file.
Details: System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Michelle J. Arden.

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This thesis presents a linguistic analysis of the Mara language, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in northwest Myanmar and in neighboring districts of India. Data has been gathered through interviews with a native speaker. The analysis includes a full phonetic segment inventory of the dialect and a phonological analysis of contrastive sounds and contextual variants. Sound files embedded in the document illustrate the phonetic system. Mara's distinctive phonetic features include the loss of word-final consonants, a set of voiceless sonorants, pre- and post- aspirated nasals, and lowered and unlowered vowel pairs. The morphosyntax of Mara pronominal words demonstrates a split-ergative case marking pattern. A deictic hierarchy of pronominal words accounts for variations in pronominal word presence and order.

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