Bahing

Bahing is a Kiranti language native to Okhaldhunga District of eastern Nepal. It was first studied and described by Brian Houghton Hodgson in the middle of the nineteenth century. Hodgson provided detailed documentation of the most elaborate verbal agreement morphology encountered in any Tibeto-Burman language to date, with Bahing transitive verbs distinguishing 58 distinct forms in each tense. In the 1970s, Boyd Michailovsky visited the Bahing area and described the degenerate conjugational system of a dying language. Research by George van Driem resulted in a morphemic analysis of the old and modern Bahing verbal agreement systems, and the Bahing conjugation has been studied in the comparative context of historical Kiranti and Tibeto-Burman morphosyntax.