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(De)Coding Hodgson’s Kiranti Grammars and Verbal Paradigms

Aimée Lahaussois    Université Paris Cité and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, CNRS, Laboratoire d'histoire des théories linguistiques, F-75013 Paris, France    

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This article presents the process, challenges and results of reconstructing hierarchised tables of contents for two grammar sketches written by B.H. Hodgson of the Vayu (1857) and Bahing (1858) languages. The process has involved making sense of the ontological systems used by Hodgson in organising his materials and analyses, and has been complicated by the dual factors of occasionally opaque terminological choices and of inconsistent physical presentation of the materials. The resulting tables of contents, presented in the appendix, make it possible to compare these sketches to others from the same time period and/or linguistic area.

Published
Nov. 3, 2023
Accepted
Sept. 8, 2023
Submitted
Feb. 15, 2023
Language
EN

Keywords: Hierarchised tables of contentsVerbal paradigmsDescribing a language ‘on its own terms’19th century grammaticographyKiranti language descriptions

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