A Sketch of the Phonology and Grammar of Rajbanshi by Wilde, Christopher P.

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A reasonable corpus of elicitational material was also collected (elicitation was, for example, used extensively in determining the language's verbal morphology). Whenever this kind of material is used it is, if at all possible, crosschecked against text material, since grammatical judgements, even from the best of informants, proved to be at times inconsistent. This observation corresponds well with Bresnan (2007:297; cf. " The text corpus comprises approximately 1000 sentences of recorded and transcribed oral text (Appendix 3).

Yadav 1997 [1996]:15–16). e/ are found but are pronounced as [æe]. The vowel phoneme /u/ is articulated as [u], and the phoneme /o/ as a close-mid rounded vowel [o]. Both vowels are found in all positions, though the vowel /o/ is rare in word-initial position. e. 9C'). Compare with Goswami & Tamuli's (2003:77) item /bɛl/ ‘wood apple’, as mentioned in Toulmin (2006:125). 20 2. Phonology /i/ in क /ki/ [ki] ‘what’ [ɪ] in आ ले /æslɪ/ [æslɪ] ‘come-PST-3’ /e/ in से /se/ [sɛ/e] ‘ABL’ /æ/ in -ला /-læ/ [læ] ‘-PL’ /u/ in छु /cʰ-u/ [cʰu] ओ /o/ in मोर /mo-r/ [mor] ‘be-PRES1sg’ ‘1sg[obl]-GEN’ अ /ʌ/ in घर /gʰʌr/ [gʰʌ̤r] ‘house’ Figure 1.

G. " Since no (or very little) rounding occurs with the "inherent" vowel (cf. ʌ/ is well supported, and hence the phonemic representations of the two examples given above are नाअँ /n̪æʌ/ and गाअँ /ɡæʌ/ respectively. 3 Consonants In the following sections I will consider the consonants of the language. The following consonant phonemes were detected: Table 4. 1 Plosives All plosives occur word-initially, and all except for /d̺/ and /d̺ʰ/ occur intervocalically. In word-final position voiceless unaspirated plosive finals tend to be unreleased or slightly released (for example in the words जेअँत [dzɛʌ̃t ̪ ̚] 'alive' and छात [tsʰæt ̪ ̚] 'beehive').

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