A Reference Grammar of Spoken Tamil (Reference Grammars) by Harold F. Schiffman

By Harold F. Schiffman

It is a reference grammar of the traditional spoken number of Tamil, which differs notably from the literary language. This booklet, a miles extended model of the author's Grammar of Spoken Tamil (1979) is the 1st such grammar to include examples either in Tamil script and in transliteration, and is designed to be available to scholars learning the trendy spoken language in any respect degrees in addition to to linguists and different experts. The ebook has benefited from huge native-speaker enter and the author's personal lengthy adventure of educating Tamil to English-speakers.

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Syntactically, the dative is used to express possession, motion toward, benefaction to, and possession of states expressed by stative verbs (cf. 2). 3. g. ' The locative marker is -le with inanimate nouns and -kitte with animates. ' Note that in LT the locative case marker is (£)*\), and many traditional grammarians prefer to think of le(e) as derived from (g|fl) with an additional 'emphatic' ee $j added. g. viittleyee 'right in the house'), so this cannot be taken be a true occurrence of emphatic ee.

1) that exhibit certain kinds of morphophonemic changes (sandhi) before case; some grammarians deal with this as a morphophonemic issue, and others deal with these stem-alternations as just that: alternate forms of the stem that must be present before case. 4 Appendix Summary of Phonological "Rules" that have Applied in SST 1. Palatalization: it, nt —> [cc, nj] after high front vowels ([i, ai]) as in paditieen —> [padicceen]. Found in all dialects, perfectly regular. 2. Doubling of sonorants in CVC where V is short: kal — • kallu etc.

3. 4 33 Ablative Case The ablative case is used to express motion away from an object or person. 2 axLiuCprrflLdlQaxujfesj laybreeriylerundu 'from the library' A n i m a t e Nouns With animate nouns the postposition SilQi_ kitte 'near, on the person o f must be used as a locative base, with ©jfe^J rundu added to it. g ^nsjQdb ange 'there'), are never marked for locative, since they are already semantically locative, so the ablative, which is usually built on the locative form, is affixed directly to them.

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