Download PDF by James Alan Matisoff: English-Lahu Lexicon (University of California Publications

By James Alan Matisoff

ISBN-10: 0520098552

ISBN-13: 9780520098558

Lahu is a vital minority language of Southeast Asia, belonging to the Lolo-Burmese subgroup of the Sino-Tibetan language family members. it truly is spoken through over 500,000 humans in China, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.This English-Lahu Lexicon (ELL) is a computer-aided yet manually edited "reversal" of the author's enormous Lahu-English dictionary (The Dictionary of Lahu, UCPL #111, 1988, xxv + 1436 pp.).English-Lahu Lexicon comprises approximately 5400 head-entries and good over 10,000 rigorously prepared subentries. each Lahu expression is supplied with a form-class designation to point its grammatical functionality. 8 worthwhile Appendices (e.g. Plant and Animal Names) around out the volume's 450 pages.

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This new slipfile was then reversed by hand into English alphabetical order by my talented research assistant Eleanor Aldrich. Unfortunately this was still quite premature, since so much revision of the Lahu-English entries still lay ahead. A third fieldtrip to Thailand (1977) led to the production of a final typescript of 2074 pages, computerized brilliantly by Kenneth Whistler in the cyberpleistocene period (1986-87). It is from this version, finally published in 1988, that this Lexicon has been produced by the “reversal process”.

Between nouns): N and N : N 1 2 1 nâ ʔ (V). + lɛ + N2 . 2. (introducing a clause) and. . ; and so. . ; now then. . ; furtherAmerica — the USA : mə̂-amɛ̀lı́ kà (N). more. . : lɛ (Conj). 3. therefore; so; Amerindian — Amerindian (“red Kala”): then; and then: te-ɔ̄ (Conj); qhe te ɔ̄ kâ lâ -ni (N). (Clnf ; Conj). ammunition — gunpowder and bullets; amanecdote — story; anecdote; piece of tradimunition: nâ ʔ-mə̄-nâ ʔ-š ı̄ (Elabn ). tional lore: kâ -ph̂-kâ -law (Elabn ). amniotic fluid — amniotic fluid (“childliquid”): yâ -g̈ ̀ (N).

Package; wrapped bundle; sthg wrapped up: ɔ̀-thı̂ ʔ (N); thı̂ ʔ (Mpfx ; Clf). 30 These all appear in the fuller list presented in Appendix VI. 31 See the list of Symbols and Abbreviations in the front matter (pp. v-ix). The form-class and construction type abbreviations are substantially identical to those to be found in DL (pp. xxi-xxiv) and GL (pp. xxxi-xxxvii). 32 See GL, pp. 195-7 and DL, p. 38. 33 The same lexicographical problem is posed by the large class of Burmese nouns with the ʔə- prefix.

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