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(c) CCCV /thr/ `Indian skimmer’
`Bescofia javanica’


Nucleus-Coda type NC2 : Composition of C2 gives two subtypes.

(a) VC / `house’
  /tįv m/  `ash-gourd’
(b) VCC

`is not’


Onset-Nucleus-Coda type C1NC2 : Six subtypes are possible taking into account the complexity of C1 and C2.

(a) CVC /ta/ `swallow’
(b) CCVC  /kwįg/  `dog’
`a clan name’
(e) CCVCC /cyįygvc/ `pied wagtail’
(f) CVCC  /dįyk/  `language’


General Remarks
Morphology deals with the internal structure of words. A simple word in Mishmi is a minimally meaningful free form which when segmented will have no more than one free form.


/myą/ `wife’ which is an unsegmented free form.


/myąwčlą/ `wives’ which when gives one free form /myą/ and one bound form /- wčlą/.

By definition both (i) and (ii) constitute words whereas /-wčlą/ does not by itself constitute a word and is called a suffix.

From a morphological point of view, a Mishmi word must contain at least one stem. A stem is a minimally meaningful free form which is capable of taking one or more inflexional suffixes. And hence stems of varying degrees of complexity are possible (Ref. Inner Structure of Noun and Verb). While most stems can occur overtly unmodified as free forms and therefore function as words, by far the largest number of words consist of a stem with a number of morphological processes (Ref. 2.0.3).


 Form Classes :
The stems of a language can be classified





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