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Title: The classification of the Naga languages of north-east India.
Author: Marrison, Geoffrey Edward.
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1967
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The Naga languages, spoken by numerous tribes in the hills near the northern part of India's frontier with Burma, are usually included together in the Tibeto-Burman family, but differ considerably one from another and cannot be reckoned one homogeneous group. In this work, an attempt Is made to classify them, both amongst themselves, and also in relationship to the Tibeto-Burman family, and to indicate elements which may be of other origins. I begin by considering aims md methods, the name 'Naga’, the location and distribution of the tribes, and the history of Naga linguistic studies. The Naga languages are then compared In detail with one another, and with neighbouring languages, a the levels of phonology, morphology, vocabulary and syntax. By cross-comparison of the results so obtained, a final classification is suggested. The pattern of language grouping which emerges is reasonably clear, but must be considered provisional, because of the limitations of the available sources.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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