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The Dravidian Languages

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ISBN 9780415412674
Published November 14, 2006 by Routledge
454 Pages

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Book Description

The Dravidian language family is the world’s fourth largest with over 220 million speakers.

This authoritative reference is ideal both as an introduction to the language family and for linguists looking for new information, as well as for readers with a general interest in Dravidian and Indic culture. It contains twelve descriptions of the individual languages written by internationally recognized experts, as well as discussions about the internal structure of the language in relation to morphology, phonology, parts of speech, syntax and lexicon.

Table of Contents

Introductory  1. Dravidian Scripts  2. Old Tamil  3. Modern Tamil  4. Kannada  5. Old Telugu  6. Telugu  7. Gondi  8. Konda  9. Brahui  10. Kolami  11. Malto  12. Tulu  13. Gadaba  Index

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'Steever sets out the aim of this volume as being to enable 'the layman or linguist ... to satisfy his curiosity about these individual languages' ... The volume succeeds in Steever's aim, while in addition suggesting a number of interesting questions for further investigation' - Bernard Comrie, Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 36 [2000]