A Morphological Sketch of Sanenyo

Suyashi Suyashi



The paper presents a morphological sketch of Sanenyo (ISO 639-3 crv) /sənɛːɲə/ (also called Chaura, or Tutet), spoken by the Chaura people of the Chaura island and is a part of the Nicobarese branch of languages of the Austroasiatic language family and the language status is 6b (Threatened)[1]. Various morphological characteristics like word formation processes, tense, number and gender agreement, phrasal structures etc. are discussed in the paper for the analysis. All the data used in the paper to describe the morphological characteristics of Sanenyo are first hand data collected from the fieldwork done in Port Blair and Teressa islands with the help of native speakers of the language. The findings mentioned in the paper are part of the ongoing project conducted by Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore under the Scheme for the Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages (SPPEL).  Earlier the work done on the language is limited to the wordlists made by Man (1889) and Rajasingh (2017). No morphological study of the language has been done yet and hence this paper is the first attempt to bring out the morphological sketch of the language.

[1] Eberhard, David M., Gary F. Simons, and Charles D. Fennig (eds.). 2019. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. Twenty-second edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version: http://www.ethnologue.com.


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