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Title: A phonetic and phonological study of Assamese
Author: Mahanta, Rohini Kumar
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 2903
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1970
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After the acknowledgements and the table of contents the introductory chapter gives certain background information about the Assamese people and the Assamese dialects, and reviews some of the previously published linguistic studies on Assamese. These are followed by an outline of the theoretical basis of the linguistic analysis presented in this thesis. Chapter One discusses Assamese orthographic conventions. Chapter Two contains an explanation of the different notations used. Chapter Three provides the experimental details and the various techniques used with brief descriptions of the instruments. Chapter Four is concerned with the phonetic characteristics of the syllable and the phonetic structure of the word. Chapters Five, Six and Seven present a detailed description of the vowel, consonant and approximant sounds. These descriptions serve as the phonetic basis on which the phonological statements are made. The description draws both on the author's proprioception and on the instrumental data obtained from examining palatograms, kymograms, spectrograms, electro-aero-metric, pitch-meter and ' micromanometer readings. Chapter Eight is an outline description of accent, accentual and tonal patterns. 4 Chapter Nine provides an outline of the phonological analysis and introduces the elements postulated. Chapter Ten discusses the structure of the phonological syllable, the phonematic units systems, the syllabics and non-syllabics and the prosodic features s~stems. Chapter Eleven provides a phonological interpretation of sentence intonation. Chapter Twelve discusses the phonological structure of the word in terms of placed and unplaced elements. In grammatical terms the word is analyzed in terms of stems and affixes and their interrelations are shown by setting up a prosodic system of junction. The chapter ends with the phonology of case declension and finite verbal conjugation. The appendices explain the abbreviations, contain lists of palatograms, kymograms, spectrograms, mingograms, the bibliography and the plates in that order.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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