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While the diversity of the sub-groupings within Tibeto-Burman is on a par with that of the Germanic or Romance languages of Europe, this richness in variation and the opportunity for original, fundamental research has not yet translated into a profusion of linguists working in Himalayan areas. Focussing on the eastern Himalayas, George van Driem provides a helpful introduction to the background context and macro-history of two Himalayan language families, Austroasiatic and Tibeto-Burman. Closer to the ground, the chapter discusses on how spoken and written languages are best transcribed and transliterated. Sampang verbal morphology is particularly reminiscent of the verbal agreement system of Kulung, but also shows similarities to the verbal morphology of Limbu and Lohorung. Dialect classifications are often based on the most evident differences in phonology and lexicon. With respect to the Tibetan varieties, Bettina Zeisler shows that such an approach may be misleading.

Keywords: Bettina Zeisler; Himalayan region; phonology; Tibeto-Burman languages; verbal morphology



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