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Tonal morphology in Sama Nubri
Case marking and transitivity alternations
This paper reports on the Tibeto-Burman language, Nubri, of the high Himalayan region of northern central Nepal. Specifically, data is presented to illustrate the use of tone to mark two morphological features in the language: the use of a H tone suffix to mark the genitive case, and the use of a H tone prefix to mark an increase in transitivity. This is the first account of these phenomena in Nubri and an analysis is presented before contextualizing the phenomena in a typological perspective.
Keywords: case marking, causatives, transitivity, grammatical tone, tonal morphology
Published online: 19 October 2020
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