The Tamil Auxiliary Verb System introduces the syntactic process of
auxiliary formation and applies it to the grammatical analysis of the
indicative, or non-modal, auxiliary verbs of Modern Tamil. Data from the
spoken and written registers, gathered over several years, form the basis
of this synchronic study, which focuses on the semantic and syntactic
properties of twenty-four auxiliary verbs.
This book demonstrates for the first time the systematic nature of
auxiliary verb phenomena and how they are integrated into the grammar of
the language. Discoveries are presented at several levels of Tamil grammar:
morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, new constructions, verbal
categories and tenses are all analyzed. This book will have further
implications for historical and typological linguistics, particularly as
they bear on the formation of the compound verbs as an isogloss feature of
the South Asian linguistic area. The Tamil Auxiliary Verb System will be of
interest to linguists, Dravidian scholars and students of Tamil.