Kiranti languages generally have very intricate and non-transparent morphological systems including complex agreement patterns (with both agents and patients in the case of transitive verbs). Therefore great care is taken of collecting comprehensive sets of paradigms. Other points of considerable typological interest include relativization and complementation structures displaying syntactic ergativity, or clause chaining constructions with variable tense marker scope. By recording, transcribing and annotating a large variety of texts, and building up dictionaries, it is possible to document the historical and cultural complexities of these speech traditions.
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