LINGUIST List 15.3331

Tue Nov 30 2004

Books: Semantics/Syntax, Hindi: Genady

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Modality in Hindi: Genady



Message 1: Modality in Hindi: Genady

Date: 23-Nov-2004
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Modality in Hindi: Genady


Title: Modality in Hindi 
 Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Indo-European Linguistics 32  
 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Lincom GmbH
     http://www.lincom-europa.com
 
 Author: Shlomper Genady, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
 Paperback: ISBN: 3895867691 Pages: 183 Price: Europe EURO 58
 
 
 Abstract:
 
 The questions of semantics in general and modality in particular are
 matters of special interest in linguistics during last few decades. This
 subject was undeservedly neglected in the Indological literature. Lavish
 amount of works on the subject was devoted almost exclusively to the
 European languages. The purpose of the study was to fill, even though
 partly, the empty niche.
 
 'Modality' is a term which is used in linguistics for marking a wide range
 of notions expressing attitudes of the speaker to the content of sentence.
 Among the aims of the study was to find out the main modal devices of Hindi
 and classify them. The semantic approach for defining modal mechanisms in
 language proves to be the most reliable. That was the reason why the system
 elaborated by F.R. Palmer in his research "Mood and modality" (1986) was
 chosen as a framework for the study. His principles with some additions
 were successfully applied to the analysis of Hindi language.
 
 All the totality of the modal devices was divided into three subclasses -
 inherent, epistemic, and deontic. Each subclass has primary and secondary
 devices, grammatical and lexical means, which were scrutinized and
 classified. "Modality in Hindi" abounds in examples taken from a vast
 literary corpus which may be useful for every student of Hindi.
 
 The author is a lecturer in Hindi at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He
 has been teaching Hindi and Urdu languages for twenty years, eight of them
 in Israel. The range of his professional interests covers the applied
 linguistics and language teaching. He has translated and published a number
 of literary works from Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi languages, and has published
 a course of Hindi language for the Hebrew speakers, and a Hindi-Hebrew
 phrase book. 
 
 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                      Syntax
                      Text/Corpus Linguistics
 
 Subject Language(s): Hindi (Language Code: HND)
 
 
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
 
 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=12335

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