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1st Edition

By R. E. Asher


520 pages

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Malayalam is one of the four major Dravidian languages spoken principally in the southern part of India. It has a recorded history of eight centuries and is spoken by more than thirty million people on the Malabar coast of southern India

This is the first detailed description of Malayalam, providing an in-depth analysis of the linguistic richness of this language.

About the Author

R.E. Asher was Vice-Principal of the University of Edinburgh, where he held the Chair of Linguistics. In 1983 Fellowship of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi was conferred on him for services to Malayalam language and literature.

T. C. Kumari was Professor and Head of the Department of English, Little Flower College, Guruvayoor, Kerala.

About the Series

Descriptive Grammars

The rise of language typology and and increasing interest in the study of language universals have produced a large number of theoreticians who require accurate, well-formulated descriptive data from a wide range of languages. The Descriptive Grammars series provides the required framework, making cross-language comparisons possible and enabling a really fruitful interaction between theoretical and descriptive linguistics. A wide variety of well-known and lesser-known languages are covered and the information is arranged to be readily accessable to linguists working on language universals, language typology, comparative syntax, morphology, or phonology.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General