What is it about?

Curses and abuses are taboo words used in all languages. But, the strategies differ from language to language. In Thadou-Kuki, it is the intention of the speakers that decides whether the particular use of negative language constitutes curses or not.

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Why is it important?

Curses and abuses are dying out from the repertoire of younger speakers owing to the influence of modern times, which makes them outdated.


This article is special because not everyone knows about the genre of curses and abuses. It reveals the archaic form of language used in the old days by the then speakers of Thadou-Kuki.

pauthang haokip
Jawaharlal Nehru University

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This page is a summary of: “May you fall [dead] while standing!”, Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, November 2021, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/ltba.20010.hao.
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