23.1745, Books: South Asian Languages: Subb ārāo

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Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:47:40
From: Joyce Reid [jreid at cambridge.org]
Subject: South Asian Languages: Subbārāo

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Title: South Asian Languages 
Subtitle: A Syntactic Typology 
Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	
Author: Kārumūri V. Subbārāo

Hardback: ISBN:  9780521861489 Pages:  Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Hardback: ISBN:  9780521861489 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 110.00


Abstract:

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. 

Advance praise: '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 



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. 


Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                     Typology

Language Family(ies): Indo-European
                      Sino-Tibetan 


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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