Author: Lakhan Gusain
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895868290 Pages: 80 Price: Europe EURO 52.80
This is a linguistic description of Mewari, a dialect of Rajasthani of Indo-Aryan family, spoken by about five million speakers in Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Udaipur, and Chittorgarh districts of Rajasthan state of India. It has SOV word order.
This grammar includes chapters on phonology, morphology, syntax, and a sample text. Consonants, vowels, diphthongs and suprasegmentals have been discussed in the chapter of phonology. There are 31 consonant, 10 vowels, and 2 diphthongs in Mewari. Intonation is prominent. Dental fricative is replaced by glottal stop at initial and medial positions. Inflection and derivation have been discussed in the chapter of morphology. There are two numbers--singular and plural, two genders--masculine and feminine, and three cases--simple, oblique, and vocative. Case marking is partly inflectional and partly postpositional. Concord is of object-verb type. Nouns are declined according to their endings. Pronouns are inflected for number, person, and gender. There are tenses--present, past, and future; and four moods. Adjective are of two types--either ending in /-o/ or not ending in /-o/. Three participles are there--present, past, and prefect. Sentence types, simple and complex sentences including coordination and subordinat-ion are analyzed in the chapter of syntax. In the sample text, interlinear and free translations are provided with original text.