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except when the consonants across the morpheme boundary are phonetically realized as a unique phone. In this case the syllable boundary is moved a place to the left.

Ex :



Within a polysyllabic morpheme the boundary is determined by the nature of the syllable.


The boundary always precedes a stop + sonorant cluster or sonorant + sonorant which is an initial occurring type.

Ex :



In all other cases, when two consonants occur across the syllabic boundary, the boundary is marked between them

Ex :
/thréygvbréyg/ `mongoose’
/mąmvbi/  `goat’
/gomvsį/ `handkerchief’



If a triconsonantal cluster occurs at the boundary, the marking of the boundary is governed by the the nature of the cluster formation.


In C1-C2C3  type clusters, the boundary is marked after C1.

Ex :
/lapvtha/ `interest’



 In C1C2-C3  type, the boundary is marked before C3


`pied wagtail’


If C1C2C3 of the initial occurring type, the boundary falls before C1.
Ex :



 In the case of ambiguous cluster,
i.e., those which may either belong to C1 -C2C3, or to C1C2-C3 type, the syllabic boundary falls after C1.

Ex :
 /mamvble/ `peas’


 1.6.3.  Syllable Types :
Mishmi syllables fall under four types: the classification takes into account, the structure and the demarcation of the boundary.

(1) Nucleus type (V) : These syllables consist of a asimple vowel.

// `to be’
/é/ `this’
/ó/ `to shoot’


(2) Onset-Nucleus type C1N: The composition of C1 subclassifies these into three groups.

(a) CV /gū/ `ash’
  /duvlį/ `terrapin’
(b) CCV /kwć/ `tawny own’
  /tavth/ `turnstone’






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