Comparative constructions in Suansu and the languages of northeastern India


  • Jessica Katiuscia Ivani University of Zurich



Suansu, Tibeto-Burman, typology, comparative constructions, language documentation


This paper provides a first description of comparative constructions in Suansu, an unreported Tibeto-Burman language spoken in northeastern India, and frames the characteristics of Suansu comparative constructions from a typological perspective (following Stassen’s 1985 classification). To this purpose, comparative constructions from a sample of 25 Tibeto-Burman languages of the area are collected in an ad-hoc designed database and typologically discussed. Results reveal the presence of two main types that cluster geographically in the region, as well as high internal variation with respect to the subtypes. Based on the classification, Suansu is assigned to the Exceed comparative type, the only representative of this type in the sample.


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Ivani JK. Comparative constructions in Suansu and the languages of northeastern India. LTC [Internet]. 2022Jan.1 [cited 2022Aug.9];2(1):65-93. Available from:



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