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Finding Remo: A Preliminary Phonetic Analysis of the Language

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Title: Finding Remo: A Preliminary Phonetic Analysis of the Language
Author: Cheng, Andrew
Advisor: Sanders, Nathan
Department: Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: The Remo language is a Munda language in the Austro-asiatic family that is spoken by the Remo tribe of eastern India. With fewer than nine thousand native speakers, Remo is one of the highlights of what the Living Tongues Institute has classified as the Greater South Asia Language Hotspot. Between 1950, when Remo was first extensively written about, and the present day, very little attention has been paid to this community. In 2005, the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages began a project to document Remo, to increase both awareness of and access to Remo on the Internet. As a part of this project, I was drawn to studying the unique aspects of this language. There is a paucity of published sources and recent linguistic research on the language of Remo. What it really needs is a complete and up-to-date reference grammar and lexicon, which will move it beyond the status of an under-documented language and into the common cognizance of the linguistic community. This thesis makes progress toward this goal by filling in gaps left by previous work on Remo in the areas of its phonetics and phonology. My hope is that others may use it in the future for the purposes of investigating Munda phonology, writing the aforementioned Remo reference grammar, or even learning how to speak this hidden treasure of a language. 1 Introduction
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