Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India

Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India : To Wit, Hindi, Panjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, and Bangali

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The Indo-Aryan language family is a branch of the Indo-European phylum, and includes Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Kashmiri and Gujarati. First published in 1872, this three-volume comparative grammar of the family was written by the British civil servant John Beames (1837-1902). From 1866 he spent twelve years in India, during which he gathered data for what he intended to be the first comprehensive and accurate Indo-Aryan grammar. Volume 1 focuses on phonetics and phonology. Drawing on evidence from Indo-Aryan sound systems, it shows Sanskrit to be the languages' parent, while exploring some non-Sanskritic exceptions. It also gives a detailed historical background to the languages, provides careful descriptions of their vowel and consonant systems, and explores how Indo-Aryan phonology has changed over time. Beames' findings remain central to the work of general linguists, phonologists and language typologists.show more

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  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1108048137
  • 9781108048132

Table of contents

Preface; Book I. On Sounds: 1. Introduction; 2. On vowel changes; 3. Changes of single consonants; 4. Changes of compound consonants.show more