Comparative Dravidian Linguistics: Current Perspectives

Hardcover | September 1, 2000

byBhadriraju Krishnamurti

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This book will make available the author's most important published articles on Dravidian over the last forty years. It will include a new and substantial introduction to the field, and will conclude with a survey of Dravidian language studies over the last thousand years and a criticalaccount of work since 1950. Those articles reprinted in the work will appear substantially unchanged, with individual addenda in which the author will consider the impact of subsequent work by himself and others. The papers contain solutions to long-standing problems of phonology and morphology of comparative Dravidian. Many seminal ideas have been introduced into the field for the first time. The theoretical highlights such as grammatical constraints on sound change, spread of sound change through lexicaldiffusion, a new statistical model for linguistic subgrouping within the framework of lexical diffusion, and the interplay of synchronic and diachronic rules in language history, will all be of interest to any comparative and historical linguist working on any language family. To any student ofDravidian linguistics, this volume is indispensable.

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This book will make available the author's most important published articles on Dravidian over the last forty years. It will include a new and substantial introduction to the field, and will conclude with a survey of Dravidian language studies over the last thousand years and a criticalaccount of work since 1950. Those articles reprint...

Bhadriraju Krishnamurti is Honorary Professor of Linguistics, University of Hyderabad. During his long academic career he has held many positions including most recently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad (1986-93) and Tagore Professor of Linguistics at Osmania University (1962-88). In 1970 he was elected President of the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:444 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alternations in vowel-length in Telugu verbal bases: A comparative study2. Alternations i/e and u/o in South Dravidian3. Proto-Dravidian *z4. Dravidian personal pronouns5. Comparative Dravidian linguistics6. Dravidian nasals in Brahui7. Some observations on Tamil phonology of the 12th and 13th centuries8. Gender and number in Proto-Dravidian9. Sound change: Shared innovation vs. diffusion10. Areal and lexical diffusion of sound change: Evidence from Dravidian11. On diachronic and synchronic rules in phonology: The case of Parji12. A vowel-lowering rule in Kui-Kuvi13. Unchanged cognates as a criterion in linguistic subgrouping (with Lincoln Moses and Douglas Danforth)14. An overview of comparative Dravidian studies since Current Trends (1969)15. A problem of reconstruction in Gondi: Interaction between phonological and morphological processes (with G. U. Rao)16. The emergence of the syllable types of stems (C)VCC(V) and (C)VC(V) in Indo-Aryan and Dravidian: A case of convergence17. The origin and evolution of primary derivative suffixes in Dravidian18. Patterns of sound change in Dravidian19. Evidence for a laryngeal *H in Proto-Dravidian20. Regularity of sound change through lexical diffusion: A study of sho in Gondi dialects21. Landmarks in comparative Dravidian studies during the 20th century