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Juliette Blevins


Daniel Kaufman

Committee Members

Gita Martohardjono

Subject Categories

Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies


Koda, Munda, Mundari, Phonology, Morphology, Mixed language


This dissertation provides a preliminary description of the phonology and morphology of Kɔɖa [cdz], an endangered language of Bangladesh and one of the least described Munda languages of South Asia. It has four chapters: 1) Introduction, 2) Phonology, 3) Morphology, and 4) Kɔɖa in the Context of Language Contact. Chapter 1 provides a demographic overview of Kɔɖa speakers of Bangladesh, a discussion of Kɔɖa as a Munda language, a typological sketch of the language, a summary of previous work on Kɔɖa, and a summary of the fieldwork and methodology used in collecting data. Chapter 1 also previews the descriptive frameworks adopted to describe and explain the synchronic sound patterns and word classes of Kɔɖa. Chapter 2 provides a detailed description of the phonology of the language, including segmental and prosodic aspects of sound patterns. Chapter 3 presents a description of Kɔɖa word classes and word structure, including productive derivational and inflectional processes in the language. Finally, Chapter 4 presents a study of Kɔɖa in the context of language contact. Evidence for early Indic contact is observed, while more recent contact with Bangla has given rise to phonological and morphological features which might lead to classification of Kɔɖa as a mixed language.