Mangghuer (Mongolic) is generally referred to as Tŭ in China, and in the scientific literature, it is known as Monguor, specifically as Minhe Monguor or Southeastern Monguor. (The endonym Mangghuer reflects the loss of the final -l, a characteristic also of the one Northern Monguor variety.) The independent status of Mangghuer is a subject of debate. Even Keith Slater himself appears to have now retreated from the current work's claim that Mangghuer is a language independent from Monguor: His most recent copublication refers to “Mangghuer … [as a] Monguor dialect.” (See Chen Zhaojun et al., Folktales of China's Minhe Mangghuer [Munich: Lincom Europa, 2005], p. 1) Descended from the White Mongols and garrisoned as Chinggisid troops during the thirteenth century, the approximately 200,000 Monguors today live in a northern area (Northern or Huzhu Monguor), a southwestern area (Southwestern Monguor or Baonan), and a southeastern area (of approximately...
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Book Review| February 01 2007
A Grammar of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund
A Grammar of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund. By Keith W. Slater.
382pp. $150 (cloth).
Journal of Asian Studies (2007) 66 (1): 244–246.
Arienne M. Dwyer; A Grammar of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund. Journal of Asian Studies 1 February 2007; 66 (1): 244–246. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911807000307
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