Overview for A Guide Book to Lisu Language
This guide book which examines among other things the kinship terms, social usages and conversational analysis of the Lisu language is in a sense a study of anthropological linguistics. In addition, it provides an abridged note on the Lisu, a little known mongoloid tribe of the present state of Arunachal Pradesh. The Lisu language falls in the Proto-Loloish category of the Proto-Lolo-Burmese sub-group of the Tibeto-Burman group of languages. Roman script written reversely is used as the script of the language; it has 28 consonants and eleven vowels, but no semi-vowels. All the vowels are nasalised which are resolvable into five front and six back vowels. This is a tone language. Three distinctive tones-rising, falling and level are onserved which split apart giving rise to seven tones. This book is purposed to help administrators, officials and teachers who are serving in Arunachal Pradesh to carry on conversation in Lisu. Besides, a first hand knowledge of the Lisu language may induce the anthropologist and the linguist to do further research on the Lisu and their language.
Asim Maitra (Author)
Dr. Asim Maitra (b. 1943) obtained first class in M.Sc. (Anthropology) with specialization in Social and Cultural Anthropology. He is a gold medallist of the University of Ranchi. He has been serving in the anthropological Survey of India in various capacities since 1965 and is at present posted in Shillong as Assistant Anthropologist. Dr. Maitra has three books to his credit entitled Marchai Cultural: A Monographic Study (1983), religious life of the Brahman 1986, and A Guide Book to Lisu Language 1988. He has published a number of papers in both the disciplines physical and cultural of Anthropology in departmental bulletins and national journals social sciences in India. He participated in the scientific deliberations in the Xth international Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Science held in New Delhi in December 1978 where he presented a paper in the seminar on Local Religious in Asia. Dr. Maitra is the Life Member of the Indian Anthropological Society, Calcutta and the N.K. Bose Memorial Foundation, Varanasi and Man in Asia, Ranchi. The area of his research interested is ethnographic, religious and linguistic studies, and his present field of investigation is Arunachal Pradesh.