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Language Variation in South Asia - William Bright

Language Variation in South Asia

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Published: 4th October 1990
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South Asia presents the linguist with a bewildering variety of regional dialects, social dialects, formal and informal registers, literary standards, languages, writing systems, and language families. Written over a period of more than twenty years, these essays by a leading authority on South Asian language cover a broad range of topics in South Asian linguistics. The essays address social dialect, structural borrowing, areal linguistics, the relation between literary and colloquial standards, and the role of written language in South Asian culture from the times of the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Offering a sociolinguistic approach, and encompassing both descriptive and historical studies, this collection of twelve of Bright's most important essays reflects his extensive research on the linguistics of South Asia.

"Will be of interest not only to most scholars of South Asian language and linguistics for the specific information it contains, but also to sociolinguists and historical linguists in general because of the principles discussed and exemplified."--American Anthropologist "For beginners in South Asian linguistics and sociolinguistics, this collection has great historical value, since it contains the origins of ideas now considered standard and descriptions used as reference points in both of these fields."--Language "Will be of particular interest to Dravidianists, as well as to students of other South Asian language families whose research has an areal dimension or incorporates facets of socially conditioned variation."--Journal of the American Oriental Society "Will be of interest not only to most scholars of South Asian language and linguistics for the specific information it contains, but also to sociolinguists and historical linguists in general because of the principles discussed and exemplified."--American Anthropologist "For beginners in South Asian linguistics and sociolinguistics, this collection has great historical value, since it contains the origins of ideas now considered standard and descriptions used as reference points in both of these fields."--Language "Will be of particular interest to Dravidianists, as well as to students of other South Asian language families whose research has an areal dimension or incorporates facets of socially conditioned variation."--Journal of the American Oriental Society

Linguistic Change in Some Indian Caste Dialectsp. 3
Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Change with A. K. Ramanujanp. 11
Dravidian Metaphonyp. 19
Language, Social Stratification, and Cognitive Orientationp. 37
Complex Verb Forms in Colloquial Tamil with J. Lindenfeldp. 44
Phonological Rules in Literary and Colloquial Kannadap. 65
Hindi Numeralsp. 74
The Dravidian Enunciative Vowelp. 86
How Not to Decipher the Indus Valley Inscriptionsp. 118
Archaeology, Linguistics, and Ancient Dravidianp. 124
Written and Spoken Language in South Asiap. 130
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 163
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ISBN: 9780195063653
ISBN-10: 0195063651
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 4th October 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.78  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.36