Linguistics

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Segmental phonology of Standard Colloquial Bengali

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Sarkar, Pabitrabhushan
Year: 
2004

     This dissertation is the first generative treatment of the Standard Colloquial Bengali phonology, identifying the major synchronic rules that obtain in the dialect. The rules pertaining to vowel height assimilation, or "vowel harmony" rules, as they are usually called, are discussed in detail in all their variety. Incidences of vowel deletion and epenthesis are critically examined. In addition, there is an analysis of the range of phenomena that are operative in shaping the words of modern Standard Colloquial Bengali at its [+native] and [-native] levels.

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Past perfect, future perfect: Sanskrit revival and the Hindu nation in contemporary India

Author: 
Hastings, Adi Merwan
Year: 
2004

     Based on ethnographic and linguistic research, this dissertation addresses the politics of culture in contemporary India as it affects the formerly "sacred" language, Sanskrit, in a movement for its revival as a spoken language of everyday interaction. Specifically, it focuses on one organization, Samskrita Bharati, currently at the forefront of efforts to promote and popularize simple spoken Sanskrit. More generally, the dissertation is about the conditions which make such a movement possible.

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A comparative study of Dravidian infinitives

Author: 
David, Anne Elizabeth Amirthanayagam
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1999

     This study proposes to examine in depth the morphology of infinitival verb forms across the Dravidian language family and, by supplying the first thorough compilation of contextual instances, to provide the basis for a comprehensive comparative study of their syntax as well.

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Clausal Subordination in Bangla: A Cross-Modular Approach

Author: 
Bagchi, Tista
Year: 
1993

     This study examines the multi-faceted phenomenon of clausal subordination in Bangla (a.k.a. Bengali), an Indian language spoken in eastern South Asia, i.e., in the country of Bangladesh and in the states of West Bengal and Tripura in India. . . . This study focuses on the subordinate clause types of Bangla that are more or less unequivocally cases of clausal subordination in the syntactic and/or semantic representations. The specific clause types I . . .

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The Morphological Functions of Tone in White Hmong

Author: 
Ratliff, Martha Susan
Year: 
1986

     It is my intention in this study to present and discuss three morphological functions of tone in White Hmong, which belongs to the West Hmongic sub-group of the Hmong-Mien (Miao-Yao) family of southern China and Southeast Asia. . . . The morphological functions of tone . . . discussed are: (1) compound formation by tone change (tone sandhi), (2) word class definition by tone, and (3) the use of tone to define morphology and convey meanings in expressive words. I . . .

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A Study in Auxiliation: The Grammar of the Indicative Auxiliary Verb System of Tamil

Author: 
Steever, Sanford Barringer
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1983

     This dissertation analyzes "the syntax and semantics of the Tamil indicative auxiliary verb system." It first introduces "Benveniste's theory of auxiliation, then . . .

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A Reconstruction of Sora-Juray-Gorum Phonology

Author: 
Zide, Arlene R.K.
Year: 
1982

     The primary objective of the dissertation is a reconstruction of the parent language, Proto-Sora-Joray-Gorum, from data collected by the writer from its three daughter languages as they are presently spoken in the Korapur and Ganjam districts of Orissa (India) and neighboring regions of Andhra Pradesh. The dissertation is also intended as a primary source for material on Gorum and Juray, hitherto little or poorly described.

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The Tamil Serial or Compound Verb

Author: 
Fedson, Vijayarani Jotimuttu
Year: 
1981

     This study is "an attempt to identify and describe the meanings of infinitive and participle based serial verb constructions in some detail and to touch upon some of their co-occurrence possibilities. . . . In my discussion, I assume phonological, morphological, morpho-syntactic and syntactic levels in an ascending hierarchy of language anatomy and physiology. I use Jakobson's (1957) notation, with Aronson's (1977) revision, characterizing speech first in terms of narrated and speech events, and then in terms of participants and events in each division.

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Changing Speech Levels among a Traditional Javanese Elite Group

Author: 
Errington, James Joseph
Year: 
1981

     The dissertation is organized in two parts: the first provides sociocultural background necessary for the study and understanding of linguistic facts presented in the second. The ultimate focus is the overall dynamic of sociolinguistic change reflected in speech patterns among the traditional elite in Surakarta, and the way specific kinds of changes can be interpreted as indexical of changing conceptions of interpersonal relations and definitions of social status among members of that group.

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Volitionality and Subject in Bengali: A Study of Semantic Parameters in Grammatical Processes

Author: 
Klaiman, Miriam Holly
Year: 
1980

     In this study, it is "demonstrated that the semantic distinction volitional / nonvolitional interacts with certain grammatical processes in Bengali. Specifically: (A) Volitionality interacts with dative subject formation. Bengali has numerous predicates which obligatorily take so called dative subjects. Many of these predicates have morphologically similar counterparts which obligatorily take direct subjects. Although the meanings of dative and direct counterparts are similar, dative and direct subject predicates cannot be used interchangeably.

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