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A Study of Tonal Morphology in Compounds, Form Classes, and Expressive Phrases in White Hmong
Following U.S. military involvement in Indo-China in 1975, many of the Hmong—an ethnic group originating in Southwestern China and Southeast Asia who were persecuted by the communist organization Pathet Lao—became refugees. A large portion of them originally resettled in the Upper-Midwestern United States, but the largest population of Hmong is now in Minnesota and California. Today, there are diasporic communities in countries around the world, with over 200,000 in the United States alone. The commitment of these communities to their language and culture, their accessibility, and outside interest has combined to create an explosion of scholarship and Hmong language literature. The interest in and utility of the Hmong language are perpetually renewed by growing Hmong enrollment in schools and the number and strength of Hmong community groups. The migration and growth of Hmong and other Southeast Asian groups worldwide make this landmark language study crucial for ongoing research.
(2010) 291 pp.
Martha Ratliff is co-founder of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society and former chair of the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation. She is a professor of linguistics in the English Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she continues her research on the Hmong language, tone, and linguistics.
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