Books: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 1: Beames
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Date: 05-Jun-2012 From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org> Subject: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 1: Beames E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 1
Subtitle: To Wit, Hindi, Panjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, and Bangali
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: John Beames
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048132 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 20.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048132 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
The Indo-Aryan language family is a branch of the Indo-European phylum, and includes Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Kashmiri and Gujarati. First published in 1872, this three-volume comparative grammar of the family was written by the British civil servant John Beames (1837-1902). From 1866 he spent twelve years in India, during which he gathered data for what he intended to be the first comprehensive and accurate Indo-Aryan grammar. Volume 1 focuses on phonetics and phonology. Drawing on evidence from Indo-Aryan sound systems, it shows Sanskrit to be the languages' parent, while exploring some non-Sanskritic exceptions. It also gives a detailed historical background to the languages, provides careful descriptions of their vowel and consonant systems, and explores how Indo-Aryan phonology has changed over time. Beames' findings remain central to the work of general linguists, phonologists and language typologists.
Preface; Book I. On Sounds: 1. Introduction; 2. On vowel changes; 3. Changes of single consonants; 4. Changes of compound consonants.