The origin and spread of Mizo gender suffixes *-a and *-i on personal names
This study presents a diachronic puzzle of the gender suffixes’ origin in Mizo personal names, -a for male and -i for female. It also provides a plausible sociolinguistic explanation for the fast spread of its use by the whole population, that is, the use of these gender suffixes was expedited as a result of the adoption by the well respected missionaries.
Keywords: etyma, gender suffixes, prestige form, Proto-Kuki-Chin, Proto-Tibeto-Burman, retroactive myth
Published online: 14 June 2019
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Benedict, Paul K.
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Hluna, J. V.
Hodson, Thomas Callan
Lorrain, J. Herbert
Matisoff, James A.
Peterson, David, & Kenneth Van Bik