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Title: Discorse Studies of Makuri Naga Narratives
Authors: Shi, Vong Tsuh
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan Languages
Tibeto-Burman Languages
Makuri Naga - Grammar
Discorse Analysis
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Payap University (Tailandia)
Abstract: This thesis analyzes some discourse features of Makuri Naga, which is a southern Naga language under the south-eastern branch of the Tibeto-Burman family. The Makuri people live in north-western Myanmar and north-eastern India. This thesis analyzes three Makuri first person narratives by identifying segment boundaries, salience scheme, aspects of participant reference, and reference and ranking for participants. The boundaries in Makuri narratives are marked by changes of time, participant and location, the use of grammatical markers, overlap clauses, direct address, descriptive clauses, and summary statements. Internal unity in a chunk is marked by lexical coherence and parallel forms, and by having the same participants, time and location. In the salience scheme analysis, the storyline is marked by the past tense marker net and sequential conjunctions. The storyline clause is demoted to the background band when the adverbial te ‘when’ occurs at the end of the clause. The background band is marked by present tense, perfect tense, continuous tense and durative aspect markers. The setting band is made up of descriptive verbs and stative verbs. The irrealis band contains negative markers and conditional conjunction. The cohesive band uses overlap clauses and adverbial clauses. In the participant reference system, Makuri introduces the participants with a noun phrase and, reintroduces them with a pronoun or a noun phrase. Makuri tracks participants with a null reference, and refers to the object of the previous clause with null reference.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/4363
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