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Title: Sherpa Language: An Introductory Grammar
Authors: Sherpa, Gelu
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan Languages
Tibeto-Burman Languages
Sherpa - Grammar
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Sherpa Association of Nepal Bouddha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Abstract: This thesis entitled 'A Sketch Grammar of Sherpa’ is a modest attempt to identify and describe the phonological, morphological and syntactic aspects of Sherpa language briefly. As primary data, ten oral texts of four different genres were recorded from the speakers of three different geographical locations in language continuum for morphological and syntactic analysis of the language. The recorded texts were transcribed in Sambota script followed by IPA. The transcription and morphological analysis was done using linguistic software Field Linguist’s Toolbox (Version: 1.5.5, 2009) applying the word formula and interlinearization. For the interlinearization, Sherpa lexicon with 4100+ lexemes was also prepared during the study. Besides the text, some of the data were elicited during the primary data collection for illustration. Related reference materials on Sherpa language were consulted before collecting the primary data from the field. Moreover, publications and dissertation papers on some of the Tibeto-Burman languages were also consulted during the analysis and description of the different aspects of Sherpa. From the analysis of primary data it is found that Sherpa is register tone prominent language with nominal contour contrasts in word initial syllable. Sherpa is postpositional agglutinating language with less productive inflectional morphology. Sherpa has very productive verbal morphology, for instance, the verbal nominalizing suffix has wide range of uses –formation of participal, relative and complement clauses. Sherpa is verb final language with prominently monosyllabic lexical items.
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