Phonologie et Morphologie du Japhug (rGyalrong)

Abstract : In this thesis, we study the phonology and the verbal morphology of Japhug,
a Sino-Tibetan language of the rGyalrongic subfamily, spoken in rNga-ba
district, Sichuan Province, China. Firstly, we analyse the synchronic
phonological system, including the structure of the syllable, using
morphophonological alternances. Secondly, we study Japhug phonology from a
diachronic point of view, proposing a set of criteria to distinguish
loanwords from cognates between Japhug and Tibetan. We also propose to
reconstruct some Japhug phonological changes on the basis of comparison
with other languages of the rGyalrongic subfamily. Thirdly, we discuss
verbal morphology, including flexional morphology, derivational morphology
and nominalization. The languages of the rGyalrongic subfamily are
extremely archaic, both regarding morphology and phonology. These
languages preserve many characteristics of the proto-language that remain
only as traces in Tibetan or in Chinese. In spite of the remarkable
interest of these languages for Sino-Tibetan comparative grammar, they
remain poorly described up to now. This work is the first monograph
devoted to the Japhug language.
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Linguistics. Université Paris-Diderot - Paris VII, 2004. French


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Guillaume Jacques. Phonologie et Morphologie du Japhug (rGyalrong). Linguistics. Université Paris-Diderot - Paris VII, 2004. French. <tel-00138568>

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