The Dravidian Languages

Edited by Sanford B. Steever

© 2007 – Routledge

454 pages

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About the Book

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.

Reviews

'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]

Table of Contents

Introductory 1. Dravidian Scripts 2. Old Tamil 3. Modern Tamil 4. Kannada 5. Old Telugu6. Telugu7. Gondi8. Konda 9. Brahui10. Kolami 11. Malto 12. Tulu 13. Gadaba Index

About the Series

Routledge Language Family Series

Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR000000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General
FOR030000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Indic Languages
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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General