Language Variation in South Asia

Language Variation in South Asia

by William Bright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195063651

ISBN-13: 9780195063653

Pub. Date: 10/28/1990

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

South Asia presents the linguist with a bewildering variety of regional dialects, social dialects, formal and informal registers, literary standards, languages, writing systems, and language families. Written over a period of more than twenty years, these essays by a leading authority on South Asian language cover a broad range of topics in South Asian linguistics.

Overview

South Asia presents the linguist with a bewildering variety of regional dialects, social dialects, formal and informal registers, literary standards, languages, writing systems, and language families. Written over a period of more than twenty years, these essays by a leading authority on South Asian language cover a broad range of topics in South Asian linguistics. The essays address social dialect, structural borrowing, areal linguistics, the relation between literary and colloquial standards, and the role of written language in South Asian culture from the times of the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Offering a sociolinguistic approach, and encompassing both descriptive and historical studies, this collection of twelve of Bright's most important essays reflects his extensive research on the linguistics of South Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195063653
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1.Linguistic Change in Some Indian Caste Dialects3
2.Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Change with A. K. Ramanujan11
3.Dravidian Metaphony19
4.Language, Social Stratification, and Cognitive Orientation37
5.Complex Verb Forms in Colloquial Tamil with J. Lindenfeld44
6.Phonological Rules in Literary and Colloquial Kannada65
7.Hindi Numerals74
8.The Dravidian Enunciative Vowel86
9.How Not to Decipher the Indus Valley Inscriptions118
10.Archaeology, Linguistics, and Ancient Dravidian124
11.Written and Spoken Language in South Asia130
Bibliography149
Index163

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