Tonal morphology in Sama Nubri: Case marking and transitivity alternations

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This paper reports on the Tibeto-Burman language, Nubri, of the high Himalayan region of northern central Nepal. Specifically, data is presented to illustrate the use of tone to mark two morphological features in the language: the use of a H tone suffix to mark the genitive case, and the use of a H tone prefix to mark an increase in transitivity. This is the first account of these phenomena in Nubri and an analysis is presented before contextualizing the phenomena in a typological perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-427
Number of pages20
JournalStudies in Language
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2021


  • Case marking
  • Causatives
  • Grammatical tone
  • Tonal morphology
  • Transitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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