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LINGUIST List 23.2613

Tue Jun 05 2012

Books: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 2: 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 2: Beames
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Title: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume
2
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: 9781108048149 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048149 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99
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
1875, 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 2 focuses on nouns
and pronouns. It begins by looking at the stems and suffixes that form Indo-
Aryan nouns, and compares their systems of inflection for gender, number,
possession and case. It moves on to explore their pronoun systems, showing
how they operate in terms of interrogatives, reciprocals, indefinites and
demonstratives, and how person is expressed. Beames' findings remain central
to the work of general linguists, grammarians and language typologists.

Preface; Book II. The Noun and the Pronoun: 1. Formation of the stem; 2.
Gender; 3. Declension; 4. The pronoun.


Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Semantics
                            Typology

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

Written In: English (eng)

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