Bengali

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Bangla (Bengali), an Eastern Indo-Aryan Language, is the national language of Bangladesh with 150 million speakers and the state language of Paschim Banga (West Bengal) in India with 90 million speakers. There are sizeable communities of Bengalis scattered all over the world. Altogether, the number of native speakers make Bangla the fifth or sixth largest language in the world. Like Hindi and other South Asian languages, Bangla has subject-object-verb word order, postpositions, causative and compound verbs. Unlike Hindi it has no gender.

This volume presents a systematic overview of the language, from the sound system to parts of speech, syntactic categories to reduplicative features and some short text passages. The book is written in transliteration throughout to provide ease and convenience to non-Bengali as well as to Bengali linguists and students. In order to connect linguistic analysis with the living language, the book is furnished with plenty of real language examples, demonstrating the spirit, grace and wit of the Bangla language.
[London Oriental and African Language Library, 18]  2012.  xxviii, 384 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
xv–xvi
Abbreviations
xvii–xviii
Glosses
xix–xxii
Transliteration
xxiii–xxviii
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–10
Chapter 2. Sound system
11–27
Chapter 3. The Bengali script
28–35
Chapter 4. Word formation
36–46
Chapter 5. Morphology
47–126
Chapter 6. Phrase structure
127–184
Chapter 7. Sentences
185–254
Chapter 8. Perspectives and functions
255–312
Chapter 9. Lexical features
313–348
Chapter 10. Beyond the sentence: Sample texts
349–366
Appendices
367–375
Bibliography
376–380
Index
381–384
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF/2BMB – Linguistics/Bengali
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012031870