Argument structure in Kashmiri

Form and function of pronominal suffixation.


Argument structure of Kashmiri is a study of the grammatical patterns one finds in the Indo-Aryan language Kashmiri. Kashmiri shows several unique linguistic features which sets it aside from more well-known Indo-Aryan languages. The book focuses on the grammatical relations and their coding in case marking and in verb agreement. The occurrence of pronominal suffixation in Kashmiri is related with the universal feature of referential hierarchies and the phenomenon of verb second word order. The grammatical structure of Kashmiri is situated in the linguistic area of the Himalayas, and minority languages in the area are discussed as well. The book draws on a wealth of examples from field work, local manuscripts and secondary sources and it is a first comprehensive overview of the grammatical features of Kashmiri from a typological point of view.
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Biographical Note

Saartje Verbeke, Ph.D. (1985) is Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) in Linguistics and Visiting Professor in India Studies at Ghent University. She has published monographs, including Ergativity in Indo-Aryan (Mouton de Gruyter 2013) and articles on Indo-Aryan linguistics.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements List of Tables List of Abbreviations 1 Introduction  1.1  Introduction to Kashmiri  1.2  Introduction to Pronominal Suffixation 2 Pronominal Suffixation in Kashmiri  2.1  Overview of the Grammatical Features Relevant to Pronominal Suffixation in Kashmiri  2.2  Pronominal Suffixes  2.3  Pronominal Suffixes in Written Standard Kashmiri 3 Semantic Effects on Kashmiri Alignment  3.1  Semantic Effects on Alignment  3.2  Direct/Inverse Patterns  3.3  Semantic Effects on Pronominal Suffixation in Kashmiri  3.4  The Status of the Second Person: Grammaticalization  3.5  Summary 4 V2 Word Order  4.1  V2 Word Order in Kashmiri  4.2  Word Order in Poguli  4.3  Word Order in Kishtawari  4.4  Word Order in Pahari and Punjabi Languages  4.5  Summary 5 Pronominal Suffixation: An Areal Phenomenon?  5.1  The Area  5.2  The Languages and the Language Families  5.3  Summary Conclusion Appendix Bibliography Index


Scholars and students of South Asian modern and ancient languages, literature and culture, and scholars and students of general linguistics, in particular those interested in research of the syntax/semantics interface in natural languages from a typological point of view.


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