This thesis presents a linguistic analysis of the Mara language, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in northwest Myanmar and in neighboring districts of India. Data has been gathered through interviews with a native speaker. The analysis includes a full phonetic segment inventory of the dialect and a phonological analysis of contrastive sounds and contextual variants. Sound files embedded in the document illustrate the phonetic system. Mara’s distinctive phonetic features include the loss of word-final consonants, a set of voiceless sonorants, pre- and post- aspirated nasals, and lowered and unlowered vowel pairs. The morphosyntax of Mara pronominal words demonstrates a split-ergative case marking pattern. A deictic hierarchy of pronominal words accounts for variations in pronominal word presence and order.
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|Commitee:||Svorou, Soteria, VanBik, Kenneth|
|School:||San Jose State University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Lakher, Mara, Morphosyntax, Phonetics, Phonology, Tibeto-Burman|
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