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Books: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 3: Beames

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Date: 05-Jun-2012
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Subject: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 3: Beames
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Title: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume
3 Subtitle: To Wit, Hindi, Panjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, and Bangali Published: 2012 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: John Beames Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048156 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 18.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048156 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 28.99

The Indo-Aryan language family is a branch of the Indo-European phylum, andincludes Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Kashmiri and Gujarati. First published in1875, this three-volume comparative grammar of the family was written by theBritish civil servant John Beames (1837-1902). From 1866 he spent twelveyears in India, during which he gathered data for what he intended to be the firstcomprehensive and accurate Indo-Aryan grammar. Volume 3 focuses on verbs.It begins by describing the structure of Sanskrit verbs, showing them to be theorigin of the analytical verb constructions found in Indo-Aryan languages. It thencompares Indo-Aryan verbs in terms of tense and transitivity, and explorespassive constructions, conditionals, and imperatives across the seven mostwidely spoken languages in the family. Beames' findings remain central to thework of general linguists, grammarians and language typologists.

Book III. The Verb: 1. Structure of verbal stems; 2. The simple tenses; 3. Theparticipal tenses; 4. The compound tenses; 5. Other verbal forms; 6. Theparticle; General index to the three volumes.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Syntax                             Typology
Subject Language(s): Bengali (ben)                             Gujarati (guj)                             Hindi (hin)                             Kashmiri (kas)                             Punjabi (pan)                             Urdu (urd)
Written In: English (eng)

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