Marathi

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 340 pages
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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."
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Sound system
9
3 Morphology
39
4 Word formation
129
5 Subject and agreement
179
6 Simple sentences
195
7 Complex sentences
209
8 Compound sentences
231
11 Lexical anaphors and pronouns
263
12 Sample texts
275
Appendix A The language of women
287
Appendix B Acquisition of Marathi
291
References
327
Subject index
335
Name index
339
The London Oriental and African Language Library series
341

9 Interrogative sentences
241
10 Negation
249

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