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Title: Hkongso Grammar Sketch
Authors: Wright, Jonathan Michael
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan Languages
Tibeto-Burman Languages
Hkongso - Grammar
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Abstract: This thesis presents a descriptive, typological sketch of Hkongso phonology and grammar. Hkongso is a Tibeto-Burman language in Southern Chin State, Myanmar, and is spoken northeast of Paletwa along the Paletchaung and Michaung rivers. The Hkongso population is under 10,000. Hkongso has five contrastive tones, no inflectional morphology, and very little derivational morphology. Hkongso is linguistically related to the Anu of Myanmar and the Mru of Bangladesh but differs grammatically from the Chin languages around it. Hkongso has no classifier system, no verb stem alternation, and is SVO. Other word order characteristics include NAdj, RelN, DemN, NNum, AdjDeg, and NegV, which are most similar to the Karen languages of Myanmar. Pre-verbal operators include negation and ability. Clause-final operators include TAM and subject agreement markers. In addition to coordinate and subordinate clauses, Hkongso also has clause-chaining and serial verb constructions
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