Copula Construction in Kathariya Tharu

Authors

  • Krishna Prasad Paudel English Department, Birendra Multiple Campus, TU, Nepal
  • Kamal Krishna Khanal English Department, Birendra Multiple Campus, TU, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/bpjms.v1i1.55498

Keywords:

Non-verbal predicate, nominal predicate, predictive adjective, predictive locative, predictive possession

Abstract

Kathariya Tharu is one of the least studied Indo-Aryan languages spoken by the Kathariya Tharu community living in Kailali district of Nepal and Gorakhpur, Gonda, Lakhimpur, and Khiri districts of India. This is a preliminary study which analyses the morphosyntactic structure of copula construction in this language. The linguistic data for this study were collected from Ghodaghodi municipality, ward no. 9, Sisaiya, ward no.12, Kota and Kailari rural municipality, ward no. 8, Lausa and were analyzed with the help of the Toolbox software. R. M. W. Dixon’s Basic Linguistic Theory has been employed as analytical tool, though insights have also been taken from other linguists. Kathariya Tharu employs the verbal copula construction strategy with three copula verbs- ho, ba, and rəh. Unlike other NIA languages in which the relation between the copula subject and copula complement is prominent, in Kathariya Tharu, it is the copula subject that determines the selection of the copula verb. However, the person, relation and function distinctions between the copula subject and copula complement disappears in the past tense and so, the same copula rəh is used with all the subjects.

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Author Biographies

Krishna Prasad Paudel, English Department, Birendra Multiple Campus, TU, Nepal

Krishna Prasad Paudyal, PhD is a professor and Head of the Department of English, Birendra Multiple Campus, Bharatpur, Chitwan. He completed Shastri degree in Navya Vayakaran from Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, B. A. (Honours) in English and Sanskrit from Meerut University, and B. Ed. in English and Nepali from Tribhuvan University. He earned his Master’s degrees in English and Linguistics and completed his Ph. D. in Linguistics from Tribhuvan University in 2014. He has been teaching English language, literature and Linguistics for about three decades. Prof. Paudyal is interested in conducting researches on languages and writing grammars. He completed several research projects from Language Commission, Nepal on Bote, darai, Tharu and other local languages and he has written more than a dozen research-based books. In addition, he has published a number of research articles in national and international journals and supervised more than three dozen MA theses. Currently Prof. Paudyal is working as a Principal Investigator on a UGC project on Kathariya Tharu Grammar.

Kamal Krishna Khanal, English Department, Birendra Multiple Campus, TU, Nepal

Kamal Krishna Khanal is an Associate Professor of English and a member of the research committee in the English Department at Birendra Multiple Campus, Bharatpur, Chitwan. He has been teaching English Literature and specifically literary criticism and theory for the last three decades. He has published several research articles and reports in the national and international journals and supervised dozens of theses at master’s level.

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Published

2023-06-12

How to Cite

Paudel, K. P., & Khanal, K. K. (2023). Copula Construction in Kathariya Tharu. Bharatpur Pragya: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, 1(1), 30–42. https://doi.org/10.3126/bpjms.v1i1.55498

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