Department of Linguistics
North-Eastern Hill University, India.
SOME PHONOLOGICAL PROCESSES IN GARO
Garo is one of the Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in North Eastern part of India. They inhabit the Garo Hills of Meghalaya and are the second largest group found in the state after the Khasis. According to the Census of India 2001, the total population of Garo in India was recorded to be 6, 89,639.
The aim of the paper is to find out some of the major phonological processes in Garo. The study is based on the work of Schane (1973). Following Schane’s work, some of the major phonological processes found in Garo are assimilation, nasalization and syllable structure processes which include vowel deletion, consonant deletion and insertion. The various phonological rules have been formulated for the processes found in the language.
Keywords: Assimilation, deletion, insertion, nasalization, syllable.