Hindi

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This book presents the structure of Hindi keeping in view the sociolinguistic context of language use. It includes descriptions of sounds, devices of word formation, rules of phrase and sentence construction and conventions of language use in spoken and written texts incorporating the insights gained by application of recent linguistic theories. The account presented here, however, is free from abstruse technical vocabulary and modes of presentation that aim at justifying a particular linguistic model. This volume is primarily designed as a source of reference for linguists and educators who want to be better informed about the forms and functions of Hindi, and a resource for students and teachers of Hindi.

Hindi, the official language of the Republic of India, is the second most widely spoken language with approximately three hundred and fifty million speakers. In its diasporic contexts, it is spoken in Africa, Australia, Europe, Fiji, Guyana, Surinam, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. An Indo-European language by genetic affiliation, Hindi shares many characteristics with Austro-Asiatic, Dravidian, and Sino-Tibetan languages of the subcontinent. In addition, Hindi has assimilated features of Arabic, Persian and English in a variety of its functionally determined styles.

[London Oriental and African Language Library, 12]  2006.  xxi, 309 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
xv–xvii
Symbols and Abbreviations
xix–xxi
1. Introduction
1–11
2. Sound System
13–36
3. Devanagari Script
37–41
4. Parts of Speech
43–110
5. Word Formation
111–129
6. The Noun Phrase
131–137
7. Verb and Verb Phrase
139–157
8. Syntax: Simple Sentence
159–213
9. Syntax: Complex and Compound Sentences
215–244
10. Information Structure
245–254
11. Discourse Structure
255–275
Appendix 1
277–283
Appendix 2
285
References
287–288
Select Bibliography
289–294
Index
295–309
“This major new analysis of the grammar of Hindi comes from a leading and highly productive scholar in the field: more than a third of the hundred-odd items in the bibliography bear Yamuna Kachru's own name. Without following "any specific linguistic model", Kachru here sets out the grammar of Hindi with great clarity, and offers many a fresh insight in her analysis of the language.”
“A comprehensive study that breaks new ground in range and style. It presents and explains fully the standard forms of Hindi, its usage, regional and social variation, multigraded assimilation of loan words, and the relationship between grammatical usage and affective content in colloquial Hindi. This book of wide knowledge and understanding is warmly recommended as a valuable source in consolidating a reader's early knowledge and sense of the linguistic character of Hindi.”
“An authoritative grammar of Hindi which demonstrates how an expert linguist can distill and elegantly integrate the insights of modern linguistic theory and traditional grammar. Kachru provides an invaluable source for students and researchers for years to come.”
“A lively written and information-packed work, ranging from the basic facts about the Hindi language and its social setting to detailed presentation of grammatical structures of theoretical interest.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2006043086