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Summary And Conclusion

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This chapter describes the various individual constructions found in Tshangla grammar, the purpose of this concluding chapter is to look back over the grammar in its entirety, and with this perspective, to identify some of the unifying themes which run through the description like a common thread. Two of these unifying themes are 'meta-constructions' which show up throughout the individual constructions. One meta-construction is nominalization with the participial verb. A second meta-construction is the nonfinal construction or concatenation. The grammaticalisation of the 'meta -constructions' nominalisation and concatenation allows these to pervade the structure of the language even further. The most obvious example of this is the finite tense, aspect and mirativity paradigm, which is based in its entirety on periphrastic combinations of both concatenation and nominalisation.

Keywords: meta-constructions; Tshangla grammar



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