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Verbal Semantics in a Tibeto-Burman Language

The Bodo Verb


Prafulla Basumatary

The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive description of the verbal system of Bodo, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Northeast India, particularly Assam. The description is primarily based on a 1.2-million-word Bodo corpus, both written and spoken, involving different genres.

This is the first extensive work solely devoted to the description of the Bodo verb. The book provides a thorough description of the Bodo verb that will be comprehensive enough to be of use to Tibeto-Burmanists, on the one hand, and to language typologists, on the other. Second, it addresses certain pedagogic issues relating to the teaching of the Bodo language in schools.

The book encompasses a description of verbal roots, formation of verbal stems, inflection of verbal stems, and distribution of various verb forms in different types of clauses, such as independent clauses, embedded clauses, and chained clauses. Finally, a pedagogic perspective is provided with reference to the morphosyntactic aspects of the Bodo verb.

This book was the winner of the 2016 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Linguistics.

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Chapter 8: Pedagogy and the Bodo Verb


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Pedagogy and the Bodo Verb


This book is a work on descriptive linguistics, concerned with various grammatical and semantic aspects of the Bodo verb. Thus, in the course of this investigation, I have examined the verb root (as a basic entity), the verb stem (as a larger construction agglutinatively built on the verb root), the TAM elements (incorporated into the stem through a similar agglutinative process), the multi-verb constructions (as a more complex variety), and, finally, the use of the verb in different clause types. In other words, the principal focus of this work is a grammatical and semantic characterization of the Bodo verb.

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