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Anong is a Tibeto-Burman language, sharing many of the grammatical characteristics of Tibeto-Burman languages. For instance, its basic word order is SOV, as in most Tibeto-Burman languages, and many but not all of its grammatical structures are similar to those of Tibeto-Burman languages. This chapter discusses the grammatical characteristics of Anong under two headings: parts of speech and syntax. Based on their form, meaning, and function in a sentence, words in Anong can be classified as nouns, numerals, classifiers, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, modals, interjections, and particles. The chapter briefly discusses each of these eleven categories. It also describes the sentential constituents, word order, and simple and complex sentences. Complex sentences come in two main categories, namely, compound sentences and sentences made up of a main clause and a subordinate clause. The chapter finally discusses a few frequently occurring types of complex sentences with illustrative examples.

Keywords: Anong; complex sentences; compound sentences; grammatical characteristics; parts of speech; sentential constituents; simple sentences; syntax; Tibeto-Burman language; word order

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