By Professor (Chair) Randy J Lapolla, Chenglong Huang
Qiang is a Tibeto-Burman language of southwest China, spoken through approximately 70,000 Qiang and Tibetan humans in northern Sichuan Province. This e-book, the 1st book-length description of the Qiang language in English, comprises not just the reference grammar, but in addition an ethnological review, a number of absolutely analyzed texts (mostly conventional tales) and an annotated thesaurus. The language is verb ultimate, and agglutinative (prefixing and suffixing), with a truly advanced phonological process and either head-marking and based marking morphology. it is going to be of use to typologists, comparativists, Sino-Tibetanists, anthropologists, and linguists normally.
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The structure of the Qiang noun phrase Any combination of the above elements is possible, as long as they follow the order given above, though a numeral must be followed by a classifier. e. without numerals). A demonstrative plus classifier expression, or an adjective plus (in)definite marking and classifier, or even (in)definite marking plus classifier alone, can be used alone as a noun phrase. Some items can be doubled, such as the adjective (no more than two can appear together24). e. HEAD^color^shape^age^quality^value), but the same if one thinks in terms of order relative to the head.
Before the bride enters the groom’s house she has to step over a small fire or a red cloth (this part of the ceremony varies among areas). The bride enters the house and the actual wedding ceremony starts. The couple will be led to the front of the family altar, and, just like the wedding practice of the Chinese, the couple will first make vows to heaven and earth, the family ancestors, the groom’s parents, the other relatives, and finally vows to each other. There is a speech by the hosting uncles, and the opening of a cask of highland barley wine.
6. Religion The Qiang native religion is a type of pantheism, with gods or spirits of many types. To this day when a cask of /˚i/ (barley wine) is opened, a ritual is performed to honor the door god, the fireplace god, and the house god. 7 The fireplace at the center of the house is considered to be the place where the fireplace spirit lives. Before each meal, the Qiang will place some food near the iron potholder for the fireplace spirit. The iron potholder is treated by the Qiang people with great respect, and cannot be moved at random.
A Grammar of Qiang: With Annotated Texts and Glossary by Professor (Chair) Randy J Lapolla, Chenglong Huang