South Asian Languages

South Asian Languages : A Syntactic Typology

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South Asian languages are rich in linguistic diversity and number. This book explores the similarities and differences of about forty languages from the four different language families (Austro-Asiatic, Dravidian, Indo-Aryan (Indo-European) and Tibeto-Burman (Sino-Tibetan)). It focuses on the syntactic typology of these languages and the high degree of syntactic convergence, with special reference to the notion of 'India as a linguistic area'. Several areas of current theoretical interest such as anaphora, control theory, case and agreement, relative clauses and the significance of thematic roles in grammar are discussed. The analysis presented has significant implications for current theories of syntax, verbal semantics, first and second language acquisition, structural language typology and historical linguistics. The book will be of interest to linguists working on the description of South Asian languages, as well as syntacticians wishing to discover more about the common structure of languages within this region.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139227521
  • 9781139227520

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'A truly impressive scholarly achievement, capturing both the linguistic unity and diversity in South Asia through insightful theory-connected analyses and an admirable range of well organized language data.' James W. Gair, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Cornell University '... a tremendously rich and carefully structured source for those interested in the cross-linguistic study of syntax, benefiting from Professor Subbarao's unparalleled knowledge of the languages of South Asia.' Martin Everaert, Utrecht University
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Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. South Asian languages: a preview; 3. Lexical anaphors and pronouns in South Asian languages; 4. Case and agreement; 5. Non-nominative subjects; 6. Complementation; 7. Backward control; 8. Noun modification: relative clauses.
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About Karamuri. V. Subbarao

Karumuri V. Subbarao is Radhakrishan Chair Professor in Humanities at the University of Hyderabad, India. He has been an elected member of the Linguistic Society of America since 2003 and the Linguistic Society of Nepal since 2005. He has taught at several universities in India and abroad.
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