Languages

Dumi

Fact corner

  • Language: Dumi
  • Alternate names: Dumi Bo’o, Dumi Bro, Lsi Rai, Ro’do Bo’, Sotmali
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:dus
  • Language family: Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Himalayish, Mahakiranti, Kiranti, Western
  • Number of speakers: 2,000
  • Script: -

Introduction

Dumi is spoken in the area around the Tap and Rava rivers and their confluence in Khotang district, Nepal. (Map)

Dumi Verb Conjugation

The Dumi verb can have one or more different stems. The Dumi verbs can be divided in various groups according to the paradigmatic stem alteration. The conjugation is therefore a fixed pattern of stem alternation.

The flexional affixes of the intransitive, transitie, and reflexive paradigms are constant.

There are

  • 5 intransitive,
  • 11 transitive, and
  • 1 reflexive conjugation.

Sample Verb Phikni 'get up, arise'

1sphiktƏphikhƏ
1diintsiphiktiphikhi
1deantsiphiktiphikhi
1piiŋkiphikkitiphikki
1peaŋkiphikkitaphikka
2sanaphiktaaphikha
2dantsiaphiktiaphikhi
2paniaphiktiniaphikhini
3simphiktaphikha
3dimniphiktiphikhi
3phammilhamphiktahamphikha

References

  • George van Driem. A Grammar of Dumi.

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