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LINGUIST List 23.1745

Wed Apr 04 2012

Books: South Asian Languages: Subbārāo

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Date: 03-Apr-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: South Asian Languages: Subbārāo
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Title: South Asian Languages
Subtitle: A Syntactic Typology
Published: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Kārumūri V. Subbārāo
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521861489 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521861489 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Abstract:

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

1. Introduction; 2. South Asian languages: a preview; 3. Lexical anaphors and
pronouns in South Asian languages; 4. Case and agreement; 5. Non-nominative
subjects; 6. Complementation; 7. Backward control; 8. Noun modification:
relative clauses.


Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Typology
Language Family(ies): Indo-European
                            Sino-Tibetan

Written In: English (eng)

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