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Title: Lahu Dialects and Proto-Loloish.
Author: Bradley, D.
ISNI:       0000 0000 8160 7891
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1975
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The linguistic and cultural situation in South-East Asia is unusual in the degree of contact and mutual influence, even between genetically unrelated languages and groups. Lahu, a Loloish Tibeto-Burman group of the uplands of northern South-East Asia, is described in t hi s context. The considerable differences between Lahu subgroups, bot h cultural and linguistic, are outlined and discussed. Phonetic description and phonological analysis of various Lahu dialects, representing the main subdivisions within Lahu, is followed by an internal comparison of t e dialects described. Included is extensive data on Black Lahu, Red Lahu, Lahu Shehleh, and two varieties of Yellow Lahu, Bankeo and Banlan. Of these dialects, only Black Lahu and Banlan have previously been the object of extensive study. Limited data on several other dialects of Lahu is also included. Brief summaries of the phonologies and transcriptions for the various genetically related languages from which data is compared with Lahu data are given. Most languages cited are closely related to Lahu within the Loloish subdivision of the Burmese-Lolo division of the Tibeto-Burman family of languages. Burmese is included as a representative Burmish language, and several languages which previous classifications have incorrectly included within Loloish are also cited, to clarify the reconstruction and define the limits of Lolois. The comparative method is applied to the Loloish and Burmese data to produce a reconstructed schema for Proto-Loloish and for Proto-Burmese-Lolo . This schema is compared and related to existing reconstructions of Proto-Tibeto-Burman, Proto-Burmese-Lolo, and Proto-Loloish. The reconstructed schema includes *initials, *rhymes, and *tones in the proto-syllable. The implications of the observed patterns of correspondence, and of lexical patterns of vocabulary sharing, for subgrouping within Proto-Loloish are explored. Basically, the existing subclassification within Proto-Loloish is supported. The reconstructed vocabulary is listed, followed by a very extensive Wordlist from which data has been drawn for the analysis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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