Expressives in the South Asian Linguistic Area


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Expressives in the South Asian Linguistic Area offers the first comprehensive account of this important understudied word class from synchronic, diachronic, literary, and descriptive perspectives. The work contains studies from the four major language families of South Asia (Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Austroasiatic, Tibeto-Burman) and covers domains in semantics, morphosyntax, and phonotactics. It also includes studies from literature and film that show how expressive form and function are embedded in performative contexts. Finally, the volume also contains first of its kind data from several small endangered languages from the region. Proposing an innovative methodology that combines structural and semiotic analysis, the volume advances a more holistic understanding of areal phenomena that departs from previous studies of the South Asian linguistic area.

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Nathan Badenoch, Ph.D. (2006), is Associate Professor at the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova University. He has worked extensively on Austroasiatic languages in Southeast Asia and South Asia and most recently has co-edited A Dictionary of Mundari Expressives (2019, ILCAA, Tokyo).

Nishaant Choksi, Ph.D. (2014), University of Michigan, is Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Gandhinagar, Gujarat India. His recent publications have focused on expressives and script systems in the Austroasiatic languages of eastern India.
"Expressives are the strongest examples of lexicon emoting a culture of a community and warrant to be recognized as constituting a separate grammatical category. [...] There is no grammatical category in human language that has such powerful emotive powers. One must read this volume to believe it." ~ Anvita Abbi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (2021, DOI: 10.1111/jola.12350)
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Notes on Contributors

Nathan Badenoch and Nishaant Choksi

Part 1 Grammatical Investigations

1 Sticky Semantics
Expressive Meaning in Mundari
Nathan Badenoch

2 Phonotactics and Sound Symbolism in Bangla
Masayuki Onishi and Durga Pada Datta

3 Expanding the Template of Reduplication in Mundari
Toshiki Osada, Madhu Purti and Nathan Badenoch

4 Expressive Form and Function in Solega
Aung Si

Part 2 Diachronic Perspectives

5 Expressives in Sangam, Medieval, and Modern Tamil
Vasu Renganathan

6 Etymological Sources of Kurux Expressives
Masato Kobayashi and Tetru Oraon

Part 3 Expressives in Poetic and Performative Contexts

7 Expressives in Hindi Film Songs
Nishaant Choksi

8 Expressives in Bangla Literature
Pabitra Sarkar

9 Expressives in the Santali Poetry of Sadhu Ramchand Murmu
Ganesh Murmu, Sarada Prasad Kisku and Nishaant Choksi

Part 4 Descriptive Sketches

10 Sora Expressives
Gregory Anderson and Opino Gomango

11 Birhor Expressives
Bikram Jora

12 Duhumbi Expressives
Timotheus Bodt

13 Nihali Expressives
An Isolate in Its Regional Context
Shailendra Mohan

All interested in the languages of South Asia from a descriptive, historical, and literary perspective. It would be relevant to scholars and students of anthropology, linguistics, literature, and Asian studies.
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