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The Tibeto-Burman Languages of Northeastern India

Authored by: Robbins Burling

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

Print publication date:  December  2002
Online publication date:  May  2006

Print ISBN: 9780700711291
eBook ISBN: 9780203221051
Adobe ISBN: 9781135797188


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Thanks to a generous fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation, I was fortunate to be able to spend seven months in Northeast India during 1996–7 where I was affiliated with NorthEastern Hill University in Shillong in Meghalaya, and I made a shorter return visit in the spring of 1999. While there, I renewed an old interest in trying to unscramble the relationships among the Tibeto-Burman languages of the area. I have consulted a large proportion of the linguists, both Indian and foreign, who have had an interest in Northeastern Indian Tibeto-Burman languages, and I could not have written this chapter without the help of N.K. Achumi, David Bradley, Thangi Chhangte, Bibhash Dhar, Frederick S. Downs, George van Driem, François Jacquesson, U.V. Joseph, Boyd Michailovsky, Dipankar Moral, Rajesh Sachdeva, L. Mahabir Singh, R.W. Sprigg, and Jackson T-S. Sun and Graham Thurgood. All have been generous with their knowledge, their help, and their suggestions. Where the chapter remains inadequate it is because I have not been clever enough to follow their advice.

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