New publication: A Grammar of Kharia (South Munda)

John Peterson peterson at RZ.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE
Thu Mar 24 16:57:35 UTC 2011

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Dear list memebers,

I am proud to announce the following recent publication which may be  
of interest to some members of this list:

A Grammar of Kharia
A South Munda Language
John Peterson

Publication year: 2011
ISBN: 978 90 04 18720 7

Cover: Hardback
Number of pages: xxiv, 474 pp.
List price: € 152.00 / US$ 216.00
Series: Brill's Studies in South and Southwest Asian Languages, 1

Kharia, spoken in central-eastern India, is a member of the southern  
branch of the Munda family, which forms the western branch of the  
Austro-Asiatic phylum, stretching from central India to Vietnam. The  
present study provides the most extensive description of Kharia to  
date and covers all major areas of the grammar. Of particular interest  
in the variety of Kharia described here is that there is no evidence  
for assuming the existence of parts-of-speech such as noun, adjective  
and verb. Rather functions such as reference, modification and  
predication are expressed by one of two syntactic structures, referred  
to here as “syntagmas”. The volume will be of equal interest to  
general linguists from the fields of typology, linguistic theory,  
areal linguistics, Munda linguistics as well as South Asianists in  

"Neurolinguists beware! The bilingual is not two monolinguals in one  
person." François Grosjean (1989)

John Peterson
Institut für Linguistik
Universität Leipzig
Beethovenstraße 15
D-04107 Leipzig

Phone: (+49) (0)341 97-37643
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