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Message 1: A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Languages: Andronov

Date: Tue, 06 May 2003 13:55:14 +0000
From: LINCOM.EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Languages: Andronov

Title: A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Languages
Series Title: LINCOM Language Research 03
			
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
 http://home.t-online.de/home/LINCOM.EUROPA/
			
Availability: Available
 
Author: M. S. Andronov, Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow 

Hardback: ISBN: 3895867055, Pages: 342, Price: USD 79 / EUR 72 / GBP
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Abstract:
			
A decisive role played by the Dravidian component in the linguistic
history of South Asia, makes the historical study of the Dravidian
languages one of the primary tasks of modern South Asian linguistics.
Information on the Dravidian language structure at the earliest stage
of existence as well as on the course of its development in subsequent
periods has become indispensable for the understanding of many
fundamental aspects of the evolution of Indo-Aryan, Munda and other
languages spoken in this area, not to mention the internal history of
the Dravidian family itself.

Modern linguistics operates with data from twenty-six Dravidian
languages, viz., Tamil, Malayalam, Kasaba, Kurru, Kota, Toda, Kodagii,
Kannada, Kuruba, Tulu, Koraga, Bellari, Telugu, Kolami, Naiki, Parji,
Gadaba, Gondi, Konda, Pengo, Manda, Kul, Kuvi, Kurukh, Malto and
Brahui. In the absence of a definite boundary between the notions of
language and dialect some of the South Dravidian tribal dialects are
occasionally treated as independent languages in literature. It seems,
however, that there are no sufficient grounds for it as peculiarities
of such dialects do not generally exceed dialectisms found elsewhere.
Therefore tribal dialects retain their original status in this edition
of Comparative Grammar. At the same time there is no confidence that
all languages of the Dravidian family have already been discovered and
their list will not be expanded in the future.

Dravidian comparative studies have a 140-year-old history. The
multiplicity and diversity of collected facts, the complicacy of
raised problems and the discrepancy between their conflicting
interpretations, on the one hand, and the necessity to restrict the
extent of the study to the limits of this book, on the other, called
for a careful selection of the material to be examined here.

Dravidian comparative studies have a 140-year-old history. The
multiplicity and diversity of collected facts, the complicacy of
raised problems and the discrepancy between their conflicting
interpretations, on the one hand, and the necessity to restrict the
extent of the study to the limits of this book, on the other, called
for a careful selection of the material to be examined here.

The work on this book has a long history. Its preliminary stage
started in the early fifties when the author studied Bengali, Hindi
and especially Tamil at the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies and,
later, at the Tamil Department, University of Madras. The creative
part of the work was accomplished in the Institute of Oriental
Studies, the Russian Academy of Sgiences, which in 1978 and 1994
brought out two editions of the book in Russian. The present edition
incorporates numerous additions and amendments made in the text in the
process of its translation.

Contents:

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Phonetics
1.1. Phones and phonemes
1.2. Historical development of sounds
1.3. Phonetic correspondences
1.4. Phonetic processes
1.5. Dravidian root structure
2. Morphology
2.1. Nouns
2.2. Numerals
2.3. Pronouns
2.4. Personal nouns
2.5. Adjectives
2.6. Verbs
2.7. Adverbs
2.8. Imitative words
2.9. Echo-words
2.10. Particles
2.11. Postpositions
2.12. Conjunctions
2.13. Interjections
3. Proto-Dravidian Language
4. Bibliographical references
5. Indexes
			
Lingfield(s): Language Description
			 
Language Family(ies): Dravidian

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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