The Tamil Auxiliary Verb System

By Sanford B. Steever

© 2004 – Routledge

334 pages

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About the Book

This book introduces the syntactic process of auxiliary formation and applies it to the grammatical analysis of the indicative, or non-modal, auxiliary verbs of Modern Tamil. Using data from spoken and written registers gathered over several years, the book demonstrates for the first time the systematic nature of auxiliary verb phenomena, and how they are integrated into the grammar of the language.

Including fresh information on new verb constructions, verbal categories and tenses, this book will be a welcome addition to the current general linguistics literature, in particular the study of verbal categories and the morphosyntactic processes that instantiate them.

About the Author

Sanford B Steever holds three degrees in Linguistics and a diploma in Tamil. The author of four books and fifty articles on Historical Linguistics, Syntax, Dravidian Linguistics and Tamil, he spent three years of study and fieldwork in India. He has been a member of the Linguistics Society of America for thirty years and is a life member of the Dravidian Linguistics Association.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

Edited by Walter Bisang, Mainz University, Germany

Asia is the world's largest continent, comprising an enormous wealth of languages, both in its present as well as its eventful past. This series contributes to the understanding of this linguistic variety by publishing books from different thoeretical backgrounds and different methodological approaches, dealing with at least one Asian language. By adopting a maximally integrative policy, the editors of the series hope to promote theoretical discussions whose solutions may, in turn, help to overcome the theoretical lean towards West European languages and thus provide a deeper understanding of Asian linguistic structures and of human language in general.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General