Lexical comparison in Hayu: a lexicostatistical analysis

  • Tara Mani Rai Central Department of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Keywords: lexicostatistical, phonetic, global correspondence, COG

Abstract

This article presents the lexicostatistical analysis of Hayu language based on 210 wordlist. There appear different ranges of lexical and phonetic similarities across the five different survey points. Being based on the Mudhajor, the core area of Hayu, exhibits a significant degree of lexical similarity with other points, i.e. Aadmara, Kodre, Wadi and Balingkhola. Such similarity percentages clearly indicate that Hayu spoken in five different points are mutually intelligible to each other. The lexicostatistical data, therefore, show that there is not much lexical variations across the villages where Hayu is spoken.

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Author Biography

Tara Mani Rai, Central Department of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Dr. Tara Mani Rai (raitaramani@gmail.com) is an Assistant Professor at the Central Department of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University. His research areas/interests are language documentation, linguistic typology, ethnolinguistics, field linguistics, sociolinguistics and endangered and minority languages.

Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Rai, T. (2019). Lexical comparison in Hayu: a lexicostatistical analysis. Gipan, 4, 162-174. https://doi.org/10.3126/gipan.v4i0.35464
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