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A Reference Grammar of Spoken Tamil

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027526

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  • This is a reference grammar of the standard spoken variety of Tamil, which differs radically from the literary language. 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 is designed to be accessible to students studying the modern spoken language at all levels 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.

    • The book is designed to be accessible to students and heritage speakers as well as to linguists: it is based on the author's 30 years of experience in teaching Tamil to English-speakers
    • Examples given in Tamil are authentic language taken from film, plays and other media; they are provided both in Tamil script and in transliteration
    • This book is a much expanded version of the author's 1979 Grammar of Standard Tamil. The earlier book did not contain Tamil script, and had far fewer examples and much less analysis
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    "An excellent reference work..." Anthropological Linguistics

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027526
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 68 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Phonology and transliteration
    2. The nominal system
    3. The Tamil verb phrase
    4. Pronouns and pro-forms
    5. Adjectives
    6. Syntax: introduction
    7. Complex syntax and related topics
    8. Appendix: literary Tamil equivalents of spoken Tamil paradigms
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Harold F. Schiffman, University of Pennsylvania

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