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Title: A Descriptive Grammar of Geba Karen
Authors: Naw Hsar Shee
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan Languages
Tibeto-Burman Languages
Geba Karen - Grammar
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Payap University
Abstract: This thesis describes the basic structure of Geba Karen grammar within 'Basic Linguistics Theory' (BLT). BLT is based on traditional grammar. Geba is a language spoken in eastern Myanmar in Northern Karen state. This language belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family and it is classified as west central Karenic group. Geba people mainly live in Myanmar and there are few migrants in Thailand. Dialect differences are not found within Geba. In this thesis, Geba Karen, a previously unresearched language is introduced. The basic grammar structure and the basic phonology of Geba Karen are discussed. The phonology presented is not yet complete. The discussion includes different types of major word classes such as nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and minor word classes such as pronouns and morphological processes. Although adjectives have some features of verbs, evidence is presented that they are distinct from verbs. The typical sentence structure is SVO which is different from other Tibeto-Burman languages but there are some cases which change the sentence structure of VSO. Prepositions sometimes occur together with post semantic marking while tone changes occur in pronoun system. The numbering system in Geba is different from most other languages in the world. This thesis covers a wide-range of phonological and grammatical topics and should open the door for future research on Geba.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/1284
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