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LINGUIST List 23.2611

Tue Jun 05 2012

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
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Title: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume
1
Subtitle: To Wit, Hindi, Panjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, and Bangali
Published: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: John Beames
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048132 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 20.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048132 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
Abstract:

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.


Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
                            Phonology
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Bengali (ben)
                            Gujarati (guj)
                            Hindi (hin)
                            Kashmiri (kas)
                            Punjabi (pan)
                            Urdu (urd)

Written In: English (eng)

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