Pronouns by Darbhe Narayana Shankara BhatPronouns by Darbhe Narayana Shankara Bhat


byDarbhe Narayana Shankara Bhat

Paperback | August 11, 2007

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On the basis of a cross-linguistic study of more than 250 languages, this book brings to light several fascinating characteristics of pronouns. Dr Bhat argues that these words do not form a single category, but rather two different categories called 'personal pronouns' and 'proforms'. Hepoints out several differences between the two, such as the occurrence of a dual structure among proforms but not among personal pronouns. These differences are shown to derive from the distinct functions that the two categories have to perform in language. The book also shows that the so-called interrogative pronouns of familiar languages are less concerned with interrogation than with indefiniteness. The author shows that the notion of indefiniteness that can be associated with these and other pronouns is quite different from the one that can beassociated with noun phrases. He goes on to postulate certain typological distinctions such as 'two-person' and 'three-person' languages and 'free-pronoun' and 'bound-pronoun' languages.
D.N.S.Bhat retired in 1995 as Research Scientist, University Grants Commission, at the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. He has been Professor of Linguistics in Manipur University, Imphal and International School of Dravidian Linguistics, Tiruvananthapuram, and Reader in Tibeto-Burman linguistics in Deccan College, Pune. ...
Title:PronounsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:August 11, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I: Personal Pronouns2. Relation with the Referent3. Coreference and Non-Coreference4. Association with Grammatical Categories5. Conflicting Characteristics6. The Position of Third Person PronounsPart II: Proforms7. The Structure of Proforms8. Constituent Elements of Proforms9. Characteristics of Proforms10. Interrogative-Indefinite Puzzle11. Other Related Puzzles12. Concluding RemarksAppendix: List of 225 Languages Used as a SampleReferencesIndex of AuthorsIndex of LanguagesIndex of Subjects