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Fri Jun 18 1999

Books: Indo-Aryan Linguistics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Indo-Aryan linguistics: Issues in Maithili Syntax: A G-B Approach

Message 1: Indo-Aryan linguistics: Issues in Maithili Syntax: A G-B Approach

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 11:56:33 +0200
Subject: Indo-Aryan linguistics: Issues in Maithili Syntax: A G-B Approach

A Government-Binding Approach 

Yogendra Yadava, Royal Nepal Academy

The purpose of this study is to present a syntactic analysis of 
Maithili, an Indo-Aryan language of the 'Bihari' group of the eastern 
sub-branch , which has a long and rich heritage of written
literature and is spoken in the eastern plains of Nepal (as the second
majority language in terms of number of speakers, viz. approximately
12%) and also in the north-eastern region of Bihar, India, by 21 million
people (Yadav, 1996). When this study was undertaken, little had been
done about Indo-Aryan syntax (and, for that matter, Maithili syntax)
within the GB-framework. It was, therefore, deemed quite essential to
make a study of this nature with a view to examining the "empirical
adequacy" of the framework in question. This work is an attempt in this
direction. More specifically, this study addresses itself to the
analysis of movement rules involved in Maithili sentences and also of
the related phenomena therein with a view to exploring their
implications for the G(overnment)B(inding)-framework. It is organized
into the following six chapters: 1. Introduction, 2. Theoretical
Background, 3. A Tranformational Analysis of Maithili Sentences, 4.
Topicalization/Focussing in Maithili and the Trace Theory, 5. Raising in
Maithili and the Binding Theory, 6. Case Assignment in Maithili and the
Case Theory, and 7. Conclusion. 

3 89586 547 8. 
LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 26. 
Ca. 160pp. USD 48 / DM 74 / pound sterling 26.

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