Journal | Bhasha
Monographic journal issue | 2 | 2 | 2023
Research Article | (De)Coding Hodgson’s Kiranti Grammars and Verbal Paradigms

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

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.

Open access | Peer reviewed

Submitted: Feb. 15, 2023 | Accepted: Sept. 8, 2023 | Published: Nov. 3, 2023 | Language: en

Keywords Describing a language ‘on its own terms’ Verbal paradigms 19th century grammaticography Hierarchised tables of contents Kiranti language descriptions

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