The Dravidian Languages by Bhadriraju KrishnamurtiThe Dravidian Languages by Bhadriraju Krishnamurti

The Dravidian Languages

byBhadriraju Krishnamurti

Paperback | April 27, 2006

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The Dravidian languages are spoken by nearly 200 million people in South Asia and in diaspora communities around the world. They include Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu, as well as over 20 non-literary languages. Bhadriraju Krishnamurti, one of the most eminent Dravidianists of our time, provides a linguistic overview of the Dravidian language family. He describes its history and writing system, discusses its structure and typology, and considers its lexicon. Distant and more recent contacts between Dravidian and other language groups are also covered.
Bh. Krishnamurti is a leading linguist in India and one of the worldâs renowned historical and comparative linguists, specialising in the Dravidian family of languages. He has published over 20 books in English and Telugu and over 100 research papers. His books include Telugu Verbal Bases: A Comparative and Descriptive Study (1961), Ko...
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Title:The Dravidian LanguagesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.3 inPublished:April 27, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521025125

ISBN - 13:9780521025126

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Phonology: descriptive; 3. The writing systems of the literary languages; 4. Phonology: historical and comparative; 5. Word formation: roots, stems, formatives, derivational suffixes and nominal compounds; 6. Nominals: nouns, pronouns, numerals and time and place adverbs; 7. The verb; 8. Adjectives, adverbs and clitics; 9. Syntax; 10. Lexicon; 11. Conclusion; Bibliography; Indexes.

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"This volume deserves to be on the bookshelf of every Dravidianist, and will serve as a distinguished source book for material on historical and comparative Dravidian linguistics for some time to come" - Sanford B. Steever, new Canaan, CT