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Title: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 1
Subtitle: To Wit, Hindi, Panjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, and Bangali
Written By: John Beames

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
1872, 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 1 focuses on
phonetics and phonology. Drawing on evidence from Indo-Aryan sound
systems, it shows Sanskrit to be the languages' parent, while exploring some
non-Sanskritic exceptions. It also gives a detailed historical background to the
languages, provides careful descriptions of their vowel and consonant systems,
and explores how Indo-Aryan phonology has changed over time. Beames'
findings remain central to the work of general linguists, phonologists and
language typologists.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Subject Language(s): Bengali
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108048132
Prices: U.K. £ 20.99
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