1st Edition

Expressive Morphology in the Languages of South Asia

Edited By Jeffrey P. Williams Copyright 2021
    322 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    322 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Expressive Morphology in the Languages of South Asia explores the intricacies of the grammars of several of the languages of the South Asian subcontinent. Specifically, the contributors to this volume examine grammatical resources for shaping elaborative, rhyming, and alliterative expressions, conveying the emotions, states, conditions and perceptions of speakers. These forms, often referred to expressives, remain relatively undocumented, until now.

    It is clear from the evidence on contextualized language use that the grammatically artistic usage of these forms enriches and enlivens both every day and ritualized genres of discourse. The contributors to this volume provide grammatical and sociolinguistic documentation through a typological introduction to the diversity of expressive forms in the languages of South Asia.

    This book is suitable for students and researchers in South Asian Languages, and language families of the following; Dravidian, Indo-Aryan, Iranian, Sino-Tibetan and Austro-Asiatic.

    Table of Contents

    List of Figures & Tables

    List of Appendices

    List of Contributors

    1 Introduction Jeffrey P. Williams

    Part I: South Asia in Comparative Perspective

    2 Expressives as a Semantically Complex Category in South Asian Languages

    Anvita Abbi

    Part II: Expressives in the Indo-Aryan Sphere

    3 Expressives in Hindi

    Annie Motaut

    4 Nepali Expressive Morphology

    George van Driem

    Part III: Expressives in the Dravidian Family

    5 Morphosyntax of Expressives in Malayalam

    P. Sreekumar & S. Prema

    6 Expressive Morphology: A Study of Iraṭṭaik Kilavi in Tamil

    Vridhachalem Pillay Subramaniam

    Part IV: Expressive Morphology in Tibeto-Burman

    7 Reduplication in Lamkang: Form, Function, Feeling

    Shobhana Chelliah, Evaline Blair, Melissa Robinson, Rex Khullar, and Sumshot Khular

    8 The Functional Value of Formal Exuberance: Isomorphism and Expressive Intensification in Adi and Milang

    Yankee Modi and Mark W. Post

    Part V: The Tai Presence in South Asia

    9 A Study of the Poetics of Tai Ahom

    Stephen Morey

    Part VI: The Munda World

    10 Expressives in the Munda Languages

    Gregory D. S. Anderson and Bikram Jora



    Jeffrey P. Williams is Professor of Ethnology and Linguistics in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Texas Tech University. He is coeditor on three books (excluding the present contribution) and editor of another. His field-based research has been in the West Indies, Australia, Papua New Guinea and with Native American tribes in Oklahoma (USA) and Montagnard refugees in North Carolina and Texas (USA). He is presently writing a monograph entitled Expressives for Cambridge University Press.