A descriptive grammar of Darma: An endangered Tibeto-Burman by Christina Marie Willis

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The name of the state was changed to Uttarakhand in early 2007. The current name of this area is a regional name that is found in much of the literature describing the peoples and languages of Garhwal and Kumaun. 3 Research for this project was supported by: UT at Austin (Liberal Arts Graduate Research Award); Fulbright (IIE Scholarship & DDRA Fellowship); National Science Foundation (Dissertation Improvement Grant: BCS 0236475, Anthony C. Woodbury, supervising PI). 1 THE DARMA PEOPLE Darma is the name of a language, the group of people who speak the language, and the name of the valley that these people call home.

Whatever the case may be, this area must be investigated further. Sino-Tibetan 1. Baric Division 2. Burmic Division 3. 3 Almora Branch a. Rangkas Rangkas, Darmiya b. ngsi! B: Genetic Classification: Shafer (in Hale 1982) 24 Tibeto-Burman 1. Bodo-Garo 2. Kuki-Naga 3. Kachin 4. Burmese-Lolo 5. Abor-Miri Dafla 6. Bahing-Vayu 7. 2 Almora Subtype a. Rangkas, Darmiya b. C: Genetic Classification: Benedict (in Hale 1982) 25 Sino-Tibetan 1. Sinitic 2. 1 Tibetic a. Newari-Pahri b. Digaro-Midu c. Dhimal-Toto d.

14 relationship with Tibetans and consider themselves to be nothing like them. The general attitude towards the term Bhotiya is that it is a misnomer. D. Sharma 1983 & 1989) The Rang people refer to all of the dialects spoken by tribe members as Rang lo, 24 which literally means ‘Rang language’. When pressed, however, the Rang are emphatic that there are different varieties of Rang lo spoken in the area. The Byans people tell me that the varieties of Byansi spoken in Tinkar and Kuti are different from the variety spoken in the other villages.

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