New book: Dravidian Historical Linguistics

Fri Jun 22 16:37:56 UTC 2001

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Dravidian Historical Linguistics

Mikhail S. Andronov

Institute of Oriental Studies,
The Russian Academy of Sciences

The book is composed of papers dealing with controversial problems in
the history and comparative grammar of the Dravidian languages. A
historical overview of Dravidian studies in the 19th and 20th centuries
is followed by a detailed discussion of various systems of language
classification worked out by leading comparativ-ists in the past two
centuries. The major principles of the comparative-historical method are
discussed in connection with unceasing attempts to establish genetic
relationship between Dravidian and non-Dravidian languages. The origin
and historical evolution ot finite forms of the Dravidian verb are dealt
with in several papers, and those of the adjective in Tamil and personal
pronouns in Brahui are traced in the other two. A peculiar case of
grammar hybridization in Old Malayalam mixed with Sanskrit and cases of
structural borrowing in modern Dravidian languages are described and
analysed in three papers. Finally, the etymologies of the word
'Dravidian' and a dozen of other ethnonyms are explained. A bibliography
of over 300 items indicates the relevant literature, both classical and

[Original and unabridged version, set with a typewriter].

ISBN 3 89586 413 7.
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