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A phonetic, phonological, and morphosyntactic analysis of the Mara language
by Arden, Michelle J., M.A., San Jose State University, 2010, 178; 1477355
Abstract (Summary)

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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Advisor: Silverman, Daniel
Commitee: Svorou, Soteria, VanBik, Kenneth
School: San Jose State University
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics
Keywords: Lakher, Mara, Morphosyntax, Phonetics, Phonology, Tibeto-Burman
Publication Number: 1477355
ISBN: 978-1-124-04480-4
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