A Grammar of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A Grammar of Mangghuer

A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund, 1st Edition

By Keith W. Slater


400 pages

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This book is a grammar of Mangghuer, a Mongolic language spoken by approximately 25,000 people in China's northwestern Qinghai Province. Mangghuer is virtually unknown outside China, and no grammar of Mangghuer has ever been published in any language. The book's primary importance is thus as a systematic grammatical description of a little-known language. The book also makes a significant contribution to comparative Mongolic studies. In addition to the synchronic description of Mangghuer, extensive comparison with other Mongolic languages is included, demonstrating the genetic relationship of Mangghuer within that family. In the course of describing Mangghuer linguistic structures, the book also examines issues of interest to linguistic typologists.


‘This is the most thorough and careful study we have to date on Monguor morphosyntax.' - Arienne M. Dwyer, The Journal of Asian Studies

‘His grammar of Mangghuer is a significant contribution both to Mongolian linguistics and to the study of language contact and areal phenomena.’ - György Kara, Anthropological Linguistics

‘This brilliant study is a wonderfully readable and detailed grammar of the Monguor language as it is spoken in Mínhé county in Qinghái province… An insightful and well-written contribution of lasting value.’ - George van Driem, Studies in Language

'[A] valuable and pioneering presentation of Mangghuer grammar.' - Juha Janhunen, Studia Orientalia

'Slater has not only provided a meticulous study of the grammatical structures of the Mangghuer language, but he has also presented one of the first typological overviews of the QGS and a characterization of language contact processes among its constituent languages. This book is a great contribution to both the field of Mongolian studies as well as language contact studies in general, and it would be a welcome addition to any Mongolist's library' - Andrew Shimunek, Mongolian Studies

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Symbols List of Tables 1. Background 2. Phonology 3. Nouns and Noun Phrases 4. The Clause 5. The Subjective / Objective Speaker Involvement Distinction 6. Clause Combining 7. Reported Speech in Folktale Narratives 8. Language Contact: Summary and Implications Appendix Notes References Index

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

Edited by Walter Bisang, Mainz University, Germany

Asia is the world's largest continent, comprising an enormous wealth of languages, both in its present as well as its eventful past. This series contributes to the understanding of this linguistic variety by publishing books from different thoeretical backgrounds and different methodological approaches, dealing with at least one Asian language. By adopting a maximally integrative policy, the editors of the series hope to promote theoretical discussions whose solutions may, in turn, help to overcome the theoretical lean towards West European languages and thus provide a deeper understanding of Asian linguistic structures and of human language in general.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General