Northern and Southern Munya Dialects: Towards a Historical Perspective*

Bai, Junwei (2021) Northern and Southern Munya Dialects: Towards a Historical Perspective*. Studia Linguistica, 75 (2). pp. 328-344.

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Munya, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in western Sichuan Province in China, is believed to have two dialects, an undescribed eastern dialect and a relatively better-known western dialect. Based on previous studies and data gathered from fieldwork, I found that the western dialect can be further divided into a northern and a southern dialect. This study will present linguistic evidence for such a dialectal distinction and will discuss some diachronic changes that have created it. The dialects have a different phonological inventory and lexical differences. Grammatically, the two dialects differ in directional prefixes, formation of certain types of negation and questions, and the system of copula verbs of existence.

Item ID: 70234
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-9582
Copyright Information: © 2021 The Editorial Board of Studia Linguistica.
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 01:15
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