More than different languages are spoken in Jackson Heights, but many of them are from places so small, so remote, they get lost in the commotion. Take Mustang, a dialect of Tibetan with only 7, speakers worldwide — of whom live in the US. What exactly are they fighting against? You could say it's the pursuit of the American Dream itself. Given the challenges of starting a new life halfway across the world, even when a language is spoken at home, English is often what kids focus on learning.
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Now if parents talk to their kids in Mustangi dialect, kids are gonna respond in English. Nawang has become a custodian of Mustang here in New York City. If the Mustangi dialect vanishes, it's slowly gonna mean, it has a totally new identity.
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Even in a place as diverse as Jackson Heights, it can be difficult to explain where it is they come from, the three told me. But one day, he made a life-changing chocolate request from an Oxford professor who had come to his village to conduct fieldwork. Within a year, he was living beyond those peaks, attending school in Kathmandu while boarding with a British family.
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Eventually, he wound up as a graduate student at Dallas Baptist University. It was a big opportunity, but he felt isolated and alone in Texas. Then one day, he saw a car parked in front of his school with a familiar name on the back and wondered: Who was the driver? I thought they were from Mustang.
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Afterward, he went back to his apartment and Googled "Mustang. DOI: Contributors Preface. Selma K. Her numerous publications on language politics in South Asia have appeared in Language Policy , The Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics , Nationalism and Ethnic Politics , among other journals, as well as in over a dozen edited volumes. From , Dr. Turin directs both the World Oral Literature Project , an urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record, and the Digital Himalaya Project which he co-founded in as a platform to make multi-media resources from the Himalayan region widely available online.
Together with Sienna Craig , he edited Himalaya , the longest running, open access, interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of Himalayan studies from For over twenty years, his regional focus has been the Himalayan region particularly Nepal, northern India and Bhutan , and more recently, the Pacific Northwest.
Turin is very privileged to have had the opportunity to work in collaborative partnership with members of the Thangmi -speaking communities of eastern Nepal and Darjeeling district in India since , and since with members of the Heiltsuk First Nation through a Heiltsuk Language Mobilization Partnership in which UBC is a member. Turin writes and teaches on ethnolinguistics, language endangerment, visual anthropology, digital archives and fieldwork methodology.
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Candidate in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests lie in linguistic nationalism, linguistic identities, and language ideologies. Her research also examines the ways in which Chone Tibetans engage, mediate, resist, and reject such ideology based on their own linguistic realities and experiences, in history and at present.
The prefix paradigm is typical for the branch, but exhibits peculiar person shifts. Nominal forms that use Stem-2 have two different indexation patterns: 3:P scenarios mark the A-referent by possessive prefixes, while SAP:P scenarios mark the P-referent by a prefix and the A-argument by a suffix. P-prefixes are derived from possessive prefixes by vowel-lengthening. There are a few additional person-indexing forms in less frequent paradigms, and peculiar paradigm-specific changes such as 1 st person-marking by tone and length in one of the tenses.
The overall system shows historical evidence for multiple cycles of periphrastic constructions with the copula as the conjugated form.
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Based on which of these sets are used, this study finds four types of intransitive and four types of transitive paradigms of verbal person indexation. As for the three variants of postverbal person markers, a diachronic order is proposed: one set is clearly conservative; one set is clearly innovative and represents a fusion with a reconstructed palatal copula; and a third hybrid set appears to represent analogical change in the first person plural inclusive form. Finally, out of the four intransitive and four transitive types of person indexation, three of each closely match.
In the case of the divergent intransitive type and transitive type, it is argued that the transitive type represents an innovative nominalization construction while the intransitive type did not undergo the same type of nominalization. The language displays verb stem alternation. Person marking occurs either with prefixes or suffixes.
This difference in person markers surfaces in the distinction between intransitive S marking vs. The object is marked by a single prefix nV- that indexes any speech act participant. This paper has discussed the agreement system of Thadou in intransitive, transitive and ditransitive clauses. A transitive verb in Thadou has the same agreement system in affirmative and negative paradigms and may agree with both its A and P or only its A for person and may agree with its A and its P for number.
Ditransitive verbs in Thadou occur with both hi and declarative clause ending in e. The difference between a ditransitive verb in hi clause and e clause is that in the case of hi clause the verb occurs in stem 2 form, while the in case of the e clause, the verb occurs in stem 1 form.
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The hi constructions in Thadou are bi-clausal in structure. That is, they are composed of a subordinate clause followed by the main clause. A ditransitive verb in Thadou agrees with its A for person in the embedded clause and with its T in the main clause and may agree with either the A or T for number. Subject indexation in Tedim can occur via preverbal person markers or postverbal person markers or can be left out entirely.
This group is the subject of detailed studies of Hakhun Boro , Muklom Mulder , and Phong Dutta , as well as an overview of agreement in the Pangwa group Morey This will be followed by an overview of the functions of the agreement markers.
These markers, which can be termed agreement words DeLancey , this volume consist of two parts, a verbal operator, generally an onset consonant that appears to be an eroded verbal auxiliary or copula, and the agreement marker. The forms and functions of the verbal operators are then treated in more detail as are the forms of the agreement markers. We conclude the chapter with some suggestions about the historical development of these agreement words within Pangwa Tangsa. This paper describes argument indexation in Hakhun Tangsa, a language variety spoken by one of the Tangsa subtribes called Hakhun across the Indo-Myanmar boarder on the Patkai mountain range.
Most finite clauses in Hakhun carry an argument index on the verb complex, which code person and number of the argument they cross-index.
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