A Reference Grammar of Spoken Tamil

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 14, 1999 - Foreign Language Study - 232 pages
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This is a reference grammar of the standard spoken variety of Tamil, a language with 65 million speakers in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. The spoken variety is radically different from the standard literary variety, last standardized in the thirteenth century. The standard spoken language is used by educated people in their interactions with people from different regions and different social groups, and is also the dialect used in films, plays and the media. This book, a much expanded version of the author's Grammar of Spoken Tamil (1979), is the first such grammar to contain examples both in Tamil script and in transliteration, and the first to be written so as to be accessible to students studying the modern spoken language as well as to linguists and other specialists. The book has benefited from extensive native-speaker input and the author's own long experience of teaching Tamil to English-speakers.
 

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Contents

Phonology and Transliteration
1
The Nominal System
25
The Tamil Verb Phrase
45
VII
56
Pronouns and Proforms
115
Adjectives
123
Introduction
139
Complex Syntax and Related Topics
169
Literary Tamil Equivalents of Spoken Tamil
197
References
223
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