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A grammar of Yakkha
Diana Schackow

Series

ISBNs

ISBN-13: 978-3-946234-11-1
ISBN-13 hardcover: 978-3-946234-12-8
ISBN-13 softcover: 978-3-946234-13-5
ISBN-13 softcover-US: 978-1-523743-63-6
Publication date: 2015-11-18

DOI

DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b66.12
Published: 2015-11-18

Cite as

Schackow, Diana. 2015. A grammar of Yakkha (Studies in Diversity Linguistics 7). Berlin: Language Science Press.
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author = {Schackow, Diana},
title = {A grammar of Yakkha},
year = {2015},
series = {sidl},
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address = {Berlin},
publisher = {Language Science Press}
}

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About this book

This grammar provides the first comprehensive grammatical description of Yakkha, a Sino-Tibetan language of the Kiranti branch. Yakkha is spoken by about 14,000 speakers in eastern Nepal, in the Sankhuwa Sabha and Dhankuta districts. The grammar is based on original fieldwork in the Yakkha community. Its primary source of data is a corpus of 13,000 clauses from narratives and naturally-occurring social interaction which the author recorded and transcribed between 2009 and 2012. Corpus analyses were complemented by targeted elicitation. The grammar is written in a functional-typological framework. It focusses on morphosyntactic and semantic issues, as these present highly complex and comparatively under-researched fields in Kiranti languages. The sequence of the chapters follows the well-established order of phonological, morphological, syntactic and discourse-structural descriptions. These are supplemented by a historical and sociolinguistic introduction as well as an analysis of the complex kinship terminology. Topics such as verbal person marking, argument structure, transitivity, complex predication, grammatical relations, clause linkage, nominalization, and the topography-based orientation system have received in-depth treatment. Wherever possible, the structures found were explained in a historical-comparative perspective in order to shed more light on how their particular properties have emerged.

About Diana Schackow

Diana Schackow completed her M.A. in Linguistics, Central Asian Studies and Indian Studies at the University of Leipzig. She holds a Ph.D. degree in General Linguistics from the University of Zürich. Currently she pursues a degree in Communication Design at Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel.