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Message 1: Indo-European Languages: Bagri by L.Gusain
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 10:46:55 +0100
Subject: Indo-European Languages: Bagri by L.Gusain

Centre of Rajasthani Studies, Purabsar

This is the first comprehensive linguistic study of Bagri, a dialect of
Rajasthani language of Indo-Aryan family, spoken by about five million
speakers in Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar districts of Rajasthan, Sirsa
and Hissar districts of  Haryana, Firozepur and Muktsar districts of
Punjab of India and Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar areas of Punjab of
Pakistan. Bagri is a typical Indo-Aryan language having SOV word order.

The grammar includes chapters on phonology, morphology, syntax, and a
sample text. There are 31 consonants, 10 vowels, 2 diphthongs, and 3
tones in Bagri. Retroflexion is an important feature. There are two
numbers--singular and plural; two genders--masculine and feminine; and
three cases--simple, oblique, and vocative. The nouns are declined
according to their final segments. Case marking is partly inflectional
and partly postpositional. All pronouns are inflected for number and
case but gender is distinguished only in the third person singular
pronouns. The third person pronouns are distinguished on the
proximity/remoteness dimension in each gender. There are three tenses
four moods in Bagri. Adjectives are of two types--either ending in /-o/
or not. Cardinal numbers upto ten are inflected. Both present and past
participles function as adjectives. Sentence types are of traditional
natre. Coordination and subordination are described in complex
sentences. Particles are also analysed.

ISBN 3 89586 398 X.
Languages of the World/Materials 384.
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