Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region, Volume 1: Rabha by U. V. Joseph, Thattil Umbavu Varghese


By U. V. Joseph, Thattil Umbavu Varghese

The subseries Languages of the better Himalayan quarter edited by means of George van Driem, forming a part of Brill's Tibetan stories Library, gains entire grammars, documentation, and dictionaries of languages from the Himalayas and surrounding tracts.
Essential details on hitherto undescribed, frequently endangered languages and cultures from the center of Asia

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He says, “There seems to be a good deal of uncertainty as to who these people really are. In Lower Assam it is asserted that they are an offshoot of the Garos, while in Kamrup and Darrang, it is thought that they are Kacharis on the road to Hinduism” (as in LSI, vol. III, part II: 102). He spoke of five divisions of Rabhas in the Garo Hills: Rangdania, Pati, Maitaria, Daburi and Kachari, and mentions that in Kamrup and Darrang these divisions tend to disappear leaving only Pati and Rangdania. He also says that they are probably a distinct tribe.

Having been greatly influenced summary xxx Bodo Garo Rabha by Assamese, Rabha has lost nearly all of its derivational verb suffixes. Influence of Assamese and Bengali is least in Garo. Because they have been in greater contact with each other, Garo and Rabha show greater lexical correspondence. This is represented in the tree diagram by the double-headed arrow linking Garo and Rabha. 6. Plan of the book The book consists of the introduction (chapter 0), the descriptive analysis of Rabha (chapters 1–6) and the correlation between Rabha, Bodo and Garo at various levels (chapter 7).

On the map giving the approximate locations of the various Tibeto-Burman language groups Grierson also used the form Bara without any diacritic marks (LSI, vol. I, part I: 53). Benedict (1972: 5–6) has a Bodo-Garo (Barish) group. He distinguishes between a Bodo subtype (including Dimasa) and a Garo subtype, whilst recognising the closeness of Deori Chutiya and the Konyak languages (Banpara, Namsang, Tableng, Tamlu, Moshang, Chang) with this group. Within the Garo subtype he makes a further distinction between ‘Garo A’ including Rabha, Ruga and Atong and ‘Garo B’ including Abeng, Achik, and Awe (Benedict 1972: 5, note 20).

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