The Munda Verb: Typological Perspectives

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Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 306 pages
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The Munda Verb is a unique book on the typology of the verb in the Munda language family, and the first of its kind on any language family of the Indian subcontinent. The authorpainstakingly works out nearly all the details of the morphology of the verb in each modern Munda language andoffers a description of the typology of the Munda verbal systems both individually and collectively.

The author uses a large amount of data from modern Munda languages, as well as an extensive cross-linguistic corpus offering comparisons from genetically unrelated languages such as Fox, Amele, Kinyarwanda, Luyia, Takelma, Tonkawa, Burushaski, or Tangut where relevant. Points of note include the unusual incorporation system of South Munda Sora and the elaborate and complex system of verb agreement attested in the Kherwarian Munda languages. Further, the author discusses models for a Proto-Munda verbal system and problems in its reconstruction at various points throughout.

This book is of great interest to specialists working on the Munda languages, South Asian linguistics, language typology, historical linguistics and to scholars of both morphology as well as syntax.

 

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Contents

Voice and version in the Munda verb
29
Referent indexing in the Munda verb
64
South Munda subject markers
76
South Munda object markers
85
North Munda referent indexing enclitics
86
Tense aspect mood and transitivity
101
South Munda tenseaspect markers
102
SeriesA in Kherwarian Munda
114
Negation
145
Noun incorporation
165
Switch reference
212
Auxiliary verb constructions and other complex
228
References
269
Index
290
Tables
304
Copyright

SeriesB aorist perfect past in North Munda
120

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Gregory D. S. Anderson, Living Tongues Institute of Endangered Languages, Salem, Oregon, USA.

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