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By Rajendra Singh

South Asia is domestic to a number of languages and dialects. even if linguists engaged on this sector have made major contributions to our realizing of language, society, and language in society on an international scale, there's as but no famous overseas discussion board for the alternate of principles among linguists engaged on South Asia. the yearly evaluation of South Asian Languages and Linguistics is designed to be simply that discussion board. It brings jointly empirical and theoretical learn and serves as a trying out flooring for the articulation of latest principles and methods that could be grounded in a learn of South Asian languages yet that have common applicability.


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Cla. Emph' featuring the general classifier Ta, our enthusiasm about this first draft of project bothology begins to plummet. The contrast between the dissociative emphatic clitic i in Bangia and the universal quantifier tous in French gives pause. So do the puzzling word formation resources Hindi-Urdu draws upon in this domain. Why should hazaaroM in HindiUrdu mean 'thousands' in a hand-waving fashion? Why can it never be contextually stretched to mean 'all one thousand'? Cla. Emph' with the human classifierjonplus a mysterious vowel e, that does it.

Why does the proverb Every dog has his day, whose agent and verb are in collocation, not count as a counterexample to Marantz's generalization the way vultures circle P a t i e n t does? Surely one can say Your managing to get sweet revenge was simply a case ofevery dog having his day? A take-off on a proverb that tweaks its tense features does not count as an idiom instantiated in the present tense. Methodologically, how does our take on collocation distinguish idioms from proverbs? The substantivist framework within which biaxial syntax is niched does for proverbs what it does for lines of verse.

He compared the use ofbilexemics also with aspect marking in Slavic - "These compound verbs [ ... ] are as characteristic of the modern Indo-Aryan speeches as the 'aspects' of the verb in the Slav languages" (1926: 1050). It is striking that Gillian Ramchand's (2008) analysis builds its descriptive base precisely at these three points - English verb-particle constructions, Slavic aspect markers and Indo-Aryan bilexemic verbs' - though her research did not take into account the fact that Chattetji' s iconic book flagged these domains in 1926.

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