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Title: Hindi Phonology
Written By: Shaligram Shukla
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Indo-European Linguistics 12
Description:

Hindi is the world's third most commonly used language after Chinese and
English. It is a modern Indo-European language spoken as a first or second
language by almost a half billion people in India, as well as other parts
of Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania.

This book's primary aim is to describe Hindi sounds and their pattern.
Little previous knowledge of phonology is assumed. The book is
comprehensive and detailed. Traditional and current concepts and technical
terms are explained. The various chapters discuss the historical and
sociological background of Hindi, the nature of Hindi lexicon both native
and borrowed, the conventions of the Devanagari symbols (since in the text
examples are also transcribed in the Devanagari), the articulation of Hindi
sounds and their characterization in terms of distinctive features, the
concept of phonemes, the significant allophones of Hindi, the natural
classes of Hindi sounds, Hindi syllables and their structure, and Hindi stress.

The author, a native speaker of Hindi, is professor of linguistics at
Georgetown University. He has published extensively in the areas of
anthropology, linguistics, and literature.

2nd printing.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Hindi
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895869740
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 180
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