Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session




This overview of Stiêng, a Mon-Khmer language of Vietnam, was prepared from analysis of narrative text material and without the aid of a native speaker of Stiêng. It is, therefore limited in depth as far as the semantic properties of Stiêng are concerned.

The overview is presented in a restricted tagmemic model, describing mostly the occurrence and co-occurence of various tagmemes. Clause and sentence structure are briefly described, but major emphasis is on verb and noun phrases.

A section applying 'Case Grammar' as interpreted by Longacre and restricted to the Instrumental case gives some indication as to other features of Stiêng not seen in the restricted tagmemic description.

Throughout the overview reference is made to the similarities of Stiêng to related languages such as Chrau and Sedang.

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