A Grammar of Kam Revealed in Its Narrative Discourse by Tongyin Yang

By Tongyin Yang

The Kam language of China possesses fifteen tones – greater than the other language. but it has lengthy been missed as a space of study, specifically from the point of view of discourse research. This learn initiates the exploration of the interface among grammar and discourse by means of studying a variety of elements of Kam narrative discourse, and utilizing a useful method of demonstrate its structural homes. It additionally introduces the mechanism for phonological and syntactic adaptations, in addition to classifier variations and sentence-final debris (SFPs) in discourse and observe order diversifications. ultimately, it discusses the impression of social surroundings on narrative constitution and provides the main updated ethnological and social information regarding the community.

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Org for details about LINGUALINKS®). As mentioned in Sect. 3 Data Collecting and Processing 31 represent Kam words. This practice is mostly for convenience without having to compromise accuracy. When phonetic precision is regarded, a few new lectal rhymes are added to the system. After the sometimes intimidating language project setting up procedures as required in the LINGUALINKS, the full transcription in Kam orthography of the two recorded stories is typed into program-created windows. Each word is coded as ‘Wordform’ in the program, followed by its corresponding glossary ‘WfGloss’ and part of speech ‘WfPOS’ in a tabulated representation.

285). Kam classifiers are widely used since 48 4 Analysis every NP must have one to be counted, not only in quantifier phrases, but in definite NPs as well. Besides nominal classifiers, there are also numeral, verbal, and locative classifiers. When following certain numbers/quantifiers, the initial consonant of classifiers may change sometimes. For convenience, the one with the original initial is labeled as CLSa, while the one with the mutated initial is CLSb. The current section will be dedicated to this specific aspect of Kam classifiers, aiming to discover any connection between the specified initial shift and discourse influence.

And there is nothing available there to trigger a backward reduction. The only remaining option then is to seek the triggering factor in the syllable preceding the DV. 1 Analysis of Discourse Conditioned Phonological and Grammatical Variations 43 the contiguous syllable or another or a distant component of the verb phrase that also play such a role is in need of further investigation. Yet one piece of evidence strongly militates against the idea of influence from other components: The inserted NP, along with possible complement between the predicate verb and the DV, can be any noun if the context permits it.

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