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G. the prodigal son story). I attempted to verify the Grierson texts while I was in the field, but the speakers I interviewed did not understand them. This was due in large part to the fact that many words in the stories were unfamiliar to Darma speakers. One speaker told me that the texts were not Darma. D. Sharma’s work draws heavily on Grierson’s 28 data may have contributed to the inconsistencies in his transcription and analysis that have lead scholars to suggest that we cannot rely on the current descriptions of Darma for analysis (Saxena 1992; Driem 2001).
While two brief sketches of Darma exist, this dissertation will serve as the most in-depth description of the language to date. Moreover, the data compiled and analyzed for this dissertation are largely extracted from naturally occurring discourse. Paradigmatic and other structural information regarding the language were fleshed out through direct elicitation sessions. Examples from these interview sessions are also used throughout this grammar. Before I begin the description of the language itself, I would like to provide background information on the language, the people who speak it and how this project came about.
F) place Darma in a branch that is called Almora. R. Sharma 2001b; Gordon 2005). A, we see that Grierson-Konow places Darma in the Western Subgroup of the Complex Pronominalized languages. 2 below for a discussion of cross-referencing in Darma). The spelling of each language in the following figures is as it is presented in the source. 22 Tibeto-Burman 1. Tibetan 2. North Assam Group 3. Burma Group 4. Kachin Group 5. Kuki Chin Group 6. Naga Group 7. Bara/Bodo Group 8. 1 Western Subgroup a. Bunan, etc.
A descriptive grammar of Darma: An endangered Tibeto-Burman language by Christina Marie Willis