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.
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.
Foreword List of Maps, Figures and Tables Notes on Contributors
Introduction Nathan Badenoch and Nishaant Choksi
Part 1 Grammatical Investigations
Sticky Semantics Expressive Meaning in Mundari Nathan Badenoch
Phonotactics and Sound Symbolism in Bangla Masayuki Onishi and Durga Pada Datta
Expanding the Template of Reduplication in Mundari Toshiki Osada, Madhu Purti and Nathan Badenoch
Expressive Form and Function in Solega Aung Si
Part 2 Diachronic Perspectives
Expressives in Sangam, Medieval, and Modern Tamil Vasu Renganathan
Etymological Sources of Kurux Expressives Masato Kobayashi and Tetru Oraon
Part 3 Expressives in Poetic and Performative Contexts
Expressives in Hindi Film Songs Nishaant Choksi
Expressives in Bangla Literature Pabitra Sarkar
Expressives in the Santali Poetry of Sadhu Ramchand Murmu Ganesh Murmu, Sarada Prasad Kisku and Nishaant Choksi
Part 4 Descriptive Sketches
Sora Expressives Gregory Anderson and Opino Gomango
Birhor Expressives Bikram Jora
Duhumbi Expressives Timotheus Bodt
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.