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A Grammar of the Thangmi Language: With an Ethnographic Introduction to the Speakers and Their Culture by Mark Turin (review)

A Grammar of the Thangmi Language: With an Ethnographic Introduction to the Speakers and Their... Book Reviews A Grammar of the Thangmi Language: With an Ethnographic Introduction to the Speakers and Their Culture. MARK TURIN. 2 vols. Brill's Tibetan Studies Library 5/6. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. xxxviii + 958. $232.00 (hardcover). Reviewed by David Bradley, La Trobe University This is an excellent and comprehensive grammar of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in north central Nepal (more often called Thami in the literature, from the Nepali name for the group). It includes forty-five texts (pp. 485--754) from a variety of genres and a very extensive Thangmi-to-English lexicon (pp. 755--918), which make it an extremely valuable record of this endangered language. The book starts with a chapter on the linguistic classification of Thangmi. In the earliest classification of Tibeto-Burman by Grierson (1909), usually followed by later scholars such as Benedict (1972) and Shafer (1974), Thangmi is grouped most closely with Baram and then with Tibeto-Burman languages of far northwestern Nepal and to the west in India. But following recent work by van Driem (2001), Turin has now clearly demonstrated that Thangmi is indeed closely related to Baram, and should be linked further instead with Newar, Chepang, and related languages, and only more distantly with the Kiranti http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anthropological Linguistics University of Nebraska Press

A Grammar of the Thangmi Language: With an Ethnographic Introduction to the Speakers and Their Culture by Mark Turin (review)

Anthropological Linguistics , Volume 54 (3) – Jun 14, 2012

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Book Reviews A Grammar of the Thangmi Language: With an Ethnographic Introduction to the Speakers and Their Culture. MARK TURIN. 2 vols. Brill's Tibetan Studies Library 5/6. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. xxxviii + 958. $232.00 (hardcover). Reviewed by David Bradley, La Trobe University This is an excellent and comprehensive grammar of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in north central Nepal (more often called Thami in the literature, from the Nepali name for the group). It includes forty-five texts (pp. 485--754) from a variety of genres and a very extensive Thangmi-to-English lexicon (pp. 755--918), which make it an extremely valuable record of this endangered language. The book starts with a chapter on the linguistic classification of Thangmi. In the earliest classification of Tibeto-Burman by Grierson (1909), usually followed by later scholars such as Benedict (1972) and Shafer (1974), Thangmi is grouped most closely with Baram and then with Tibeto-Burman languages of far northwestern Nepal and to the west in India. But following recent work by van Driem (2001), Turin has now clearly demonstrated that Thangmi is indeed closely related to Baram, and should be linked further instead with Newar, Chepang, and related languages, and only more distantly with the Kiranti

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Published: Jun 14, 2012

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