Matthias Gerner's A Grammar of Nuosu PDF

By Matthias Gerner

This can be the 1st smooth grammar of Nuosu written in English. Nuosu belongs to a bit identified portion of Tibeto-Burman. The 2.5 Million ethnic Nuosu are a part of the Yi nationality and reside in Sichuan (China). This grammar informs Tibeto-Burman linguists, typologists, students of language touch and overseas inexperienced persons of Nuosu.

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For the Nuosu, clan bondage is always stronger than affinity to a physical place. Evidence for this difference can be found in the rites for the soul of the deceased. The Nuosu priest (bimo) assists the soul of the deceased to migrate back to the ancestor’s departure point so that people with a common genealogy are concentrated at the same place in the afterworld. 9 Nuosu clans are associated with one of three castes, nzymo, nuoho or quho. The nzymo caste consists of less than one percent of the Liángshān population.

The classification of these groups within the Yi nationality did not take place through a process of group awareness, which is impossible for a cluster of rural communities spread out across hundreds of kilometers. 5 Million members. Different opinions on the historical origin of the Nuosu exist. Several Western writers suggest an old connection of the Nuosu to the Liángshān area. D. ) also sees support in indigenous reports and Chinese historiographies for roots of the Nuosu in Liángshān since at least the Sòng dynasty (960–1279).

Westerners started to travel to and interact with the Yi at the end of the 19th century. Early professional travelers include the British diplomat Baber (1882) and the French physician Legendre (1913) who published travel accounts. g. Swaine 1995, on Father Paul Vial). There is great unanimity among ethnographic writers that the origins of the Yi trace back more than 2000 years to an ancient group called Ni people (Bradley 2001; Harrell 2001). ). Early Chinese records referred to Southwestern peoples as Wūmán 乌蛮 (Black Barbarians) and Báimán 白蛮 (White Barbarians).

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