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A Grammar of Lao

Lao is the national language of Laos, and is also spoken widely in Thailand and Cambodia. It is a tone language of the Tai-Kadai family (Southwestern Tai branch). Lao is an extreme example of the isolating, analytic language type. This book is the most comprehensive grammatical description of Lao to date. It describes and analyses the important structures of the language, including classifiers, sentence-final particles, and serial verb constructions. Special attention is paid to grammatical topics from a semantic, pragmatic, and typological perspective.

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N. J. Enfield, Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
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Edition: Reprint 2010
Audience: Research Libraries, Researchers and Advanced Students of Language Typology and of Tai Languages