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The Restructuring Of Anong

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Analyzing the changes in Anong in terms of the social changes, the language internal differences, and the differences between Anong and closely-related languages gives us insight into Anong's obsolescence. This chapter presents small sample of loans in Anong to show what kind of words are borrowed into Anong from Lisu, Chinese and Burmese. Since Anong has borrowed a certain number of words from Lisu and Chinese, the phonological structures of those loan words have clearly influenced the phonological system of Anong. Anong has a small number of speakers and it is surrounded by languages that do not have consonant clusters, Anong is losing its consonant clusters faster than the other Tibeto-Burman languages. It has a rich grammatical system indicated through prefixation, suffixation, and inflection. The drastic changes Anong is undergoing is also reflected in changes in its grammatical system. The chapter discusses the use of causatives in different age groups.

Keywords: Anong; causatives; consonant clusters; grammatical system; Tibeto-Burman languages



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