By Matthias Gerner

This is often the 1st sleek grammar of Nuosu written in English. Nuosu belongs to a bit identified element of Tibeto-Burman. The 2.5 Million ethnic Nuosu are a part of the Yi nationality and dwell in Sichuan (China). This grammar informs Tibeto-Burman linguists, typologists, students of language touch and international rookies of Nuosu.

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4 The people and their environment The Nuosu caste society surfaced after the Mongols extended their subsidiary ruling system based on indigenous chieftains (tŭsī) all over China in the 13th century. The rise of the caste system is probably directly related to the installment of indigenous chieftains by the imperial administration. The nzymo6 constituted a relatively small group of indigenous landowners chosen by the central government from several spots in Liángshān. The nuoho caste7 constitutes a much larger class of ethnic aristocrats, but not acknowledged by the central government.

2) whose existence Harrell traces back to the time after the 13th century. This absence in the texts suggests a presence of the Nuosu in Liángshān before the 13th century. Secondly, comparison between different Yi scripts shows that at the earliest stage characters had a vertical orientation before they were rotated into a horizontal pattern. This ‘rotation reform’ happened gradually for the different Yi groupings. In Nuosu, genealogies of individual clans contain up to 30 generations and reach back to the earliest recorded ancestors at least 900 years in the past.

The rise of the caste system is probably directly related to the installment of indigenous chieftains by the imperial administration. The nzymo6 constituted a relatively small group of indigenous landowners chosen by the central government from several spots in Liángshān. The nuoho caste7 constitutes a much larger class of ethnic aristocrats, but not acknowledged by the central government. Further, the quho caste8 consists of ordinary people. The Chinese historiographer Mă Chángshoù 马长寿 (1985: 105–109) reports that conflicts between the nzymo and nuoho castes started during the Míng dynasty around the 15th century and escalated gradually into the ejection of the Lili Nzomo from Meigu county by sections of the nuohu caste.

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