The Dravidian languages

edited by Sanford B. Steever

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.

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The Dravidian language family is the world's fourth largest with over 175 million speakers across South Asia from Pakistan to Nepal, from Bangladesh to Sri Lanka as well as having communities in Malaysia, North America and the UK. Four of the languages, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu are official national languages and the Dravidian family has had a rich literary and cultural influence. This authoritative reference source provides unique descriptions of 12 of these languages, covering their historical development alongside discussions of their specialised linguistic structures and features. Each chapter combines modern linguistic theory with traditional historical linguistics and a uniform structure allows for easy typological comparison between the individual languages. Two further chapters provide general information about the language family - the introduction, which covers the history, cultural implications and linguistic background, and a separate article on Dravidian writing systems. This volume includes languages from all 4 of the Dravidian family's subgroupings: South Dravidian e.g. Tamil, Kannada; South Central Dravidian e.g. Telugu, Konda; Central Dravidian e.g. Kolami; North Dravidian e.g. Brahui, Malto. Written by a team of expert contributors, many of whom are based in Asia, each language chapter offers a detailed analysis of phonology, morphology, syntax and followed by a list of the most relevant further reading to aid the independent scholar. The Dravidian Languages will be invaluable to students and researchers within linguistics and will also be of interest to readers in the fields of comparative literature, South Asian studies and Oriental studies.

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[目次]

  • Introductory 1. Dravidian Scripts 2. Old Tamil 3. Modern Tamil 4. Kannada 5. Old Telugu 6. Telugu 7. Gondi 8. Konda 9. Brahui 10. Kolami 11. Malto 12. Tulu 13. Gadaba Index

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  • Introductory Chapter Sanford Steever, USA 1. Dravidian Scripts William Bright, USA 2. Old Tamil Thomas Lehmann, Germany 3. Modern Tamil E Annamalai, Tokyo University (visiting) and Sanford Steever, USA 4. Kannada Sanford Steever, USA 5. Old Telugu P Ramanarasimham, India 6. Telugu Bh Krishanmurti, India 7. Gondi Sanford Steever, USA 8. Konda Bh Krishnammurti, India and Brett A Benham, USA 9. Brahui Josef Elfenbein, Germany 10. Kolami P S Subramanyam, Annamalai University, India 11. Malto Sanford Steever, USA 12. Tulu DNS Bhat, India 13. Gadaba Peri Bhaskararao, Japan Index

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書名 The Dravidian languages
著作者等 Steever, Sanford B.
シリーズ名 Routledge language family descriptions
出版元 Routledge
刊行年月 1998
ページ数 xvii, 436 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0415100232
9780415412674
NCID BA34129340
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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