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Title: South Asian Languages
Subtitle: A Syntactic Typology
Written By: Kārumūri V. Subbārāo

South Asian languages are rich in linguistic diversity and number. This book
explores the similarities and differences of about forty languages from the
four different language families (Austro-Asiatic, Dravidian, Indo-Aryan (Indo-
European) and Tibeto-Burman (Sino-Tibetan)). It focuses on the syntactic
typology of these languages and the high degree of syntactic convergence,
with special reference to the notion of 'India as a linguistic area'. Several
areas of current theoretical interest such as anaphora, control theory, case
and agreement, relative clauses and the significance of thematic roles in
grammar are discussed. The analysis presented has significant implications
for current theories of syntax, verbal semantics, first and second language
acquisition, structural language typology and historical linguistics. The book
will be of interest to linguists working on the description of South Asian
languages, as well as syntacticians wishing to discover more about the
common structure of languages within this region.

Advance praise: 'A truly impressive scholarly achievement, capturing both
the linguistic unity and diversity in South Asia through insightful theory-
connected analyses and an admirable range of well organized language data.'
James W. Gair, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Cornell University

'… a tremendously rich and carefully structured source for those interested in
the cross-linguistic study of syntax, benefiting from Professor Subbarao's
unparalleled knowledge of the languages of South Asia.' Martin Everaert,
Utrecht University

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Language Family(ies): Sino-Tibetan
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780521861489
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00
U.S. $ 110.00