A Grammar of Paite
A Grammar of Paite provides insightful grammatical descriptions of Paite with admirable clarity and directness. It will be of help to readers starting out on the study of Paite language. The book is marked by its inventory of only two core lexical categories-nouns and verbs and further by the preponderance of pronominal concord prefixes and particles which can otherwise be used alternately for expressing two distinct discourse styles - formal and intimate. The rich agreement system of the language is further made explicit by an overt manifestation of another prefix for denoting object concord. It may also be noticeable that as is found in Manipuri and other Tibeto-Burman languages, absence of adjectival category is palpable in this book as well. A Grammar of Paite is presumed to be welcomed by readers especially students and teachers of language and literature.
N. Saratchandra Singh, is currently Reader in Manipuri at Assam Central University, Silchar and a learned academician engaged in various areas relating to Translation Theory, Literary Linguistics, Post-Structuralism, emerging Literary Theories and Minimalist Programme. Formerly, Lecturer in Manipuri at Delhi University for nearly a decade, he taught various aspects of language and literature in the Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, Delhi University during 1987-1997. He is also well known as a writer and grammarian of Tibeto-Burman Languages, who authored three books on grammar and linguistics, namely, Some Aspects of Paite Syntax (1989), The Case for Case in Manipuri (2000) and A First Course in Modern Linguistics (2003). He became a recipient of Siamsin Pawlpi's meritorious award in 1987 for his work on Paite language. He is holder of Master's Degree in Manipuri Language and Literature from the erstwhile Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre of Post-Graduate Studies, Imphal and Doctorate in Linguistics from Manipur University and has successfully completed Post-M.A. Diploma, Advanced Diploma, and M.Phil. in Linguistics from Delhi University. He is at present an important member of both Teachers' Forum, Imphal and Manipuri Language Development Society (MALADES), Imphal, and is also one of the founder members of All Manipur Buddhist Association (AMBA), Imphal.
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