Nepalese Linguistics <p>Nepalese Linguistics is a multidisciplinary peer reviewed linguistics journal published by the Linguistic Society of Nepal.</p> en-US (Mr. Kamal Poudel) (Sioux Cumming) Fri, 03 Dec 2021 09:36:35 +0000 OJS 60 Presidential Address 39th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal <p>This Presidential Address was delivered at the Inaugural Ceremony of 39th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal at CEDA Hall, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu on 26 November 2018.</p> Bhim Narayan Regmi Copyright (c) 2019 Bhim Narayan Regmi Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Creative adjustment of linguistic and textual resources in literary translation <p>The present article conceptualizes the process of rewriting the given text in the target language (TL) as regeneration of the text across languages. Shedding light on similarities and differences between producing a text across languages i.e. transwriting and within a language i.e. writing, it is argued that translation is a creative process almost exclusive to linguistic and textual levels.</p> Bal Ram Adhikari Copyright (c) 2019 Bal Ram Adhikari Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 A preliminary sociolinguistic survey of Nubri Valley <p>This paper reports results of a preliminary sociolinguistic survey that was carried out in Nubri Valley. Interviews were taken with people from throughout the valley. Some of the main findings are described here. The Nubri-perceived differences in dialect intelligibility and social status are discussed as well as the overall language vitality in the context of evolving social practices and observed language shift in the younger generations.</p> Cathryn Donohue Copyright (c) 2019 Cathryn Donohue Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 The complexity of tone in Nubri <p>This paper introduces the tonal system of the amagaun dialect of Nubri. We first present an introduction to linguistic tone, with a focus on tone as it is found in Tibetan languages, before moving on to describe the tones in Samagaun Nubri monosyllables and disyllabic expressions. We conclude that the tonal system in Nubri cannot be accounted for by exclusive reference to Tibetan languages. The implication is that contact with a non-Tibetan language has played a significant role in the history of the language.</p> Cathryn Donohue, Mark Donohue Copyright (c) 2019 Cathryn Donohue, Mark Donohue Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Patterns of sound change in Deori and Dimasa <p>This paper compares the two cognate Tibeto- Burman languages, Deori and Dimasa, in terms of sound change patterns in certain class of lexical items. In this regard, it discusses the noun categorization devices besides the counting system, some morphological features and the use of borrowing present in these languages. The paper, thereby, studies briefly their sociolinguistic context of language loss and retention.</p> Monali Longmailai, Jonali Saikia Copyright (c) 2019 Monali Longmailai, Jonali Saikia Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Inter-clausal dependency in Western Tamang <p>Western Tamang, a highly embedding dialect of Tamang, presents an array of inter-clausal dependency (both semantically and syntactically) ranging from most to least exemplified by verbal complements and chained clauses, respectively. In terms of such dependency, subordinate adverbial clauses stand in between verbal complements and chained clauses in Western Tamang. This is, indeed, a typologically interesting phenomenon, especially, in inter-clausal dependency in Bodic languages like Tamang.</p> Ambika Regmi Copyright (c) 2019 Ambika Regmi Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Coding grammatical signals in Western Tamang: a typological perspective <p>Western Tamang differs from Eastern Tamang while coding grammatical signals by different morphosyntactic devices especially at propositional information level. Both dialects almost equally share most of the common structural features of Bodish group. However, dialect specific differences have to be compared from a typological perspective for practical implications in Tamang.</p> Dan Raj Regmi Copyright (c) 2019 Dan Raj Regmi Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 A comparative study of the tense and aspect in Standard Khasi and its varieties <p>In this study, we will undertake a comparative study of the syntax of the Tense and Aspect of Standard Khasi, an Austro-Asiatic language spoken in the state of Meghalaya and its two varieties Trangblang and Mawlong. Trangblang belongs to the War-Jaiñtia dialect of Khasi and is spoken in Trangblang village situated in Amlarem Block in Jaiñtia Hills District. Mawlong, on the other hand, is a War-Khasi dialect of Khasi and is spoken in Mawlong village located in the East Khasi Hills District. The main aim of this study is to compare and contrast the similarity and variation between these varieties when compared with the Standard Khasi using a comparative methodology. This study also aims to present the morphology of Tense and Aspect and to account for the syntactic analyses of Tense and Aspect in these varieties.</p> Rymphang K. Rynjah Copyright (c) 2019 Rymphang K. Rynjah Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Cultural and linguistic affinities amongst Meitei-Sizang-Thadou <p>This paper attempts to highlight the cultural and linguistic affinities amongst Meitei, Sizang and Thadou people. The data are collected from the field works in Imphal (Manipur, India), Tamu (Sagaing division of Myanmar) and Diphu (KarbiAnglong of Assam, India) for Meitei, Sizang, and Thadou respectively. Linguistically, Meitei, Sizang and Thadou share common Tibeto- Burman feature of SOV word order, agglutinative forms, sharing lexical cognates due to language contact. Culturally, these languages show some similarities; however, Thadou and Sizang are more similar. Nonetheless, languages have been a reflection of those cultural distinctions as well as their identities.</p> Bobita Sarangthem, Lhingneilam Lhouvum Copyright (c) 2019 Bobita Sarangthem, Lhingneilam Lhouvum Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Integrating mobile phones in English Language Teaching: a study in Manipur University <p>The advancement of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has great impact on students’ accessibility to information and different source materials. With the rapid development of modern science and technology, mobile devices have undergone massive changes and it has become so advanced that they can perform almost all the functions of a computer. Cell phones can be used for learning purposes. The present paper discusses possible future applications of cell phones for English language teaching and learning in Manipur University. The data was obtained from a set of questionnaires sent to selected students to find out their attitudes towards this mode of teaching English language. The analysis revealed that students use mobile phones to help them in their studies and they believe that integrating mobile phones in a language teaching gives the learners the opportunity of availing the benefits of digital age. They also believed that cell phones have great potential in language teaching and learning.</p> Irom Gambhir Singh Copyright (c) 2019 Irom Gambhir Singh Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Index and localisation in sign language: interface requirement in search of features <p>This paper analyses INDEX and LOCALISATION as interface requirements owing to different S-M system that creates differences in terms of their features. It aims to provide an account of the structure building feature(s) associated with various instances of the phenomena in Indian Sign Language. The corpus is collected through fieldwork with the Deaf Associations, schools, and communities in India. The methodology employed is deductive following Branson &amp; Miller (1997) and Mathur (2000) (see Sinha 2008 for details). This paper argues that INDEX and LOCALISATION are associated with D head with dfeatures, and provides the ground from which cross-linguistic and cross-modality studies as well as investigations on universal set of features and their values can proceed.</p> Samar Sinha Copyright (c) 2019 Samar Sinha Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Language shift and maintenance: a case study of Kani Tribes <p>This paper aims to look into the status of the language maintenance and shifts in the Malampasha, a language spoken by the Kanikkar (ISO 639-3, kev) community in Kerala. The paper also intends to draw out some of the struggles that the Kanikkar community face in the wake of the dominating presence of Malayalam.</p> Shreelakshmi KM Copyright (c) 2019 Shreelakshmi KM Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Reflections on the beginnings of Linguistics at Tribhuvan University <p>The definitive account of the birth and development of linguistics, and of the study of minority languages in Nepal has yet to be written. In this brief account we focus on the part of that development that arose from interactions between SIL and Tribhuvan University in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.</p> Austin Hale Copyright (c) 2019 Austin Hale Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000