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The Dravidian Languages
     

The Dravidian Languages

by Sanford B. Steever
 

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ISBN-10: 0415100232

ISBN-13: 9780415100236

Pub. Date: 01/16/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Dravidian language family is the world's fourth largest with over 175 million speakers across South Asia from Pakistan to Nepal, from Bangladesh to Sri Lanka as well as having communities in Malaysia, North America and the UK. Four of the languages, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu are official national languages and the Dravidian family has had a rich

Overview

The Dravidian language family is the world's fourth largest with over 175 million speakers across South Asia from Pakistan to Nepal, from Bangladesh to Sri Lanka as well as having communities in Malaysia, North America and the UK. Four of the languages, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu are official national languages and the Dravidian family has had a rich literary and cultural influence.
This authoritative reference source provides unique descriptions of 12 of these languages, covering their historical development alongside discussions of their specialised linguistic structures and features. Each chapter combines modern linguistic theory with traditional historical linguistics and a uniform structure allows for easy typological comparison between the individual languages. Two further chapters provide general information about the language family - the introduction, which covers the history, cultural implications and linguistic background, and a separate article on Dravidian writing systems.
This volume includes languages from all 4 of the Dravidian family's subgroupings: South Dravidian e.g. Tamil, Kannada; South Central Dravidian e.g. Telugu, Konda; Central Dravidian e.g. Kolami; North Dravidian e.g. Brahui, Malto.
Written by a team of expert contributors, many of whom are based in Asia, each language chapter offers a detailed analysis of phonology, morphology, syntax and followed by a list of the most relevant further reading to aid the independent scholar.
The Dravidian Languages will be invaluable to students and researchers within linguistics and will also be of interest to readers in the fields of comparative literature, South Asian studies and Oriental studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415100236
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/16/1998
Series:
Routledge Language Family Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
List of Tables     viii
List of Contributors     xi
Preface     xii
Linguistic Conventions     xv
List of Abbreviations     xvi
Introduction to the Dravidian Languages   Sanford B. Steever     1
The Dravidian Scripts   William Bright     40
South Dravidian
Old Tamil   Thomas Lehmann     75
Modern Tamil   E. Annamalai   S.B. Steever     100
Kannada   Sanford B. Steever     129
Tulu   D.N.S. Bhat     158
South-Central Dravidian
Old Telugu   P. Ramanarasimham     181
Telugu   Bh. Krishnamurti     202
Konda   Bh. Krishnamurti   Brett A. Benham     241
Gondi   Sanford B. Steever     270
Central Dravidian
Kolami   P.S. Subrahmanyam     301
Gadaba   Peri Bhaskararao     328
North Dravidian
Malto   Sanford B. Steever     359
Brahui   Josef Elfenbein     388
Index     415

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