| Deccan College, Pune
| Syracuse and Cornell Universities
ISBN 9789027238139 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027288837 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
Marathi, an Indo-Aryan language, is the official language of Maharashtra, including Mumbai. Father Thomas Stephens, the first English traveler to Goa, a pioneer linguist, wrote Christa Puran in Marathi (1616) and Arte da Lingoa Canarim in Portuguese, printed in (1640). The latter is a grammar of Konkani, a language closely related to Marathi. It is the first grammar of its kind marking a new grammatical tradition for modern Indo-Aryan languages. The present volume contains an extensive account of Marathi phonology, morphology, word formation and syntax. It succinctly describes the accentual system, special compound verb forms, unique pronominal anaphors, complex agreement due to split ergative system, and special pronominal marking. The book also contains a case study of a child’s acquisition of Marathi and an essay on Women’s Language, the two topics that are increasingly becoming relevant to the grammar.
[London Oriental and African Language Library, 13]  2009.  xviii, 340 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and symbols
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Sound system
Chapter 3. Morphology
Chapter 4. Word formation
Chapter 5. Subject and agreement
Chapter 6. Simple sentences
Chapter 7. Complex sentences
Chapter 8. Compound sentences
Chapter 9. Interrogative sentences
Chapter 10. Negation
Chapter 11. Lexical anaphors and pronouns
Chapter 12. Sample texts
Appendix A. The language of women: A historical perspective
Appendix B. Acquisition of Marathi: A case study
Subject index
Name index
“An important addition to the grammatical literature on Marathi, this comprehensive description speaks to the needs of both taxonomists and generativists.”
“A comprehensive grammar of Marathi written by leading scholars presents an invaluable source for students and researchers with clarity and fresh insights.”
“For students of South Asian languages, this work by two accomplished Marathi scholars is indeed a welcome and indispensable resource. It will also be valuable to linguists in general. Clearly presenting all levels of structure in Marathi, it includes a number of special features not generally part of such efforts, including sections on the language of women, child language acquisition, and sample texts in both the written and spoken variety.”
“This is the first comprehensive linguistic grammar of Marathi in the full meaning of the term, describing the whole range of grammatical categories and functions, from phonetics to general sentence patterns within the frame of modern linguistics. It displays original and enlightening analysis which take into account the whole Marathi tradition as well as the most specialized recent researches, and rich textual material along with remarkably interesting appendixes on women language and acquisition. It is THE Marathi grammar one should read and study.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF/2BMD – Linguistics/Marathi
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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