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ItemThe Scalar Interpretation of the Additive Focus Particle *=Bv in Select Boro-Garo Languages( 2021)The paper looks into the scalar interpretation of the additive focus particle in select Boro-Garo languages, namely, Boro, Dimasa, Garo, Kokborok, Rabha, and Tiwa. The additive has the following forms: =bɯ in Bodo, =bo in Dimasa, =ba in Garo, =bo in Kokborok, =ba in Rabha, and =bo in Tiwa. Based on their phonetic similarity, we reconstruct the Boro-Garo proto-form as *=bV. The additive provides a scalar ‘even’ reading in three different constructions, namely, classifier-numeral, quantifier, and temporal adverbial constructions. In classifier-numeral constructions, a scalar reading is found when the numeral is ‘one’ and the clause is negative. However, with numerals greater than ‘one’, the particles may have either a scalar or non-scalar additive interpretation depending on the contexts. In the other two constructions, the particles contribute scalar meaning only in negative environments.
ItemIn Memoriam: Nguyễn Văn Lợi (1947-2020)( 2021-02-03)This is an "in memoriam" for Nguyễn Văn Lợi (1947-2020).
ItemBook Notice: The Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese (2019) by Nathan Hill( 2021-02-03)This is a book notice for "The Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese" (2019), by Nathan Hill.
ItemComments on Jacques’ “The directionality of the voicing alternation in Tibetan”( 2021-02-03)This response to Jacques’ paper (this volume) suggests a revision of the temporal frame of the morphological processes discussed by Jacques. It agrees on the reconstructed sequence of derivation by means of a transitivising and voicing prefix that was followed by Schiefner’s law but dates both processes to stages in the history of the Trans-Himalayan family that preceded the formation of Proto-Tibetic.
ItemA First Look at Chen (Konyak) Argument and Clause Structures( 2021-02-03)Chen (Bodo-Konyak-Jingphaw, Tibeto-Burman) is an undocumented language of the Konyak ethnic group. It is spoken in northeast India and northwest Myanmar. This article provides a first description of the Chen simple argument and clause structures. Chen argument structures include both noun phrases and pronouns, which can both take case markers. Other noun phrase modifiers include demonstratives, possessors, adjectives, nouns, a plural marker, quantifiers, and gender. Chen adjectives are formed from attributive forms in combinations of ʔa V-pe, ʔa-V, V-pe, and ho-V. The pronoun inventory includes personal, interrogative, and demonstrative pronouns. Simple clauses exhibit SOV word order and include intransitive, transitive, ditransitive, attributive, and copula constructions.