A typological investigation of Nepalese languages

  • Mark Donahue Forensic Linguist
Keywords: typology, computational analysis, Nepal, comparative morphosyntax

Abstract

The languages of Nepal are established as belonging to four families, with the recent addition of Austroasiatic speakers in the east. This paper moves away from language classification into genealogical families, and examines the classification of the languages of Nepal by examining their morphosyntactic features and applying computational methods.

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Author Biography

Mark Donahue, Forensic Linguist

Dr. Mark Donohue (mdohonue@gmail.com) works on languages of the Himalayas and of Island Southeast Asia, and is particularly interested in questions of language contact and areal linguistics. In addition to conducting fieldwork on a number of languages, he works with databases of materials gathered from others’ descriptions, interrogating these databases with computational methods to uncover generalisations about the structural relatedness of the languages. He is the author of five books (two co-authored), and works as a forensic linguist.

Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Donahue, M. (2019). A typological investigation of Nepalese languages. Gipan, 4, 30-37. https://doi.org/10.3126/gipan.v4i0.35454
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