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Generative Phonology of Tamil

T. Vasanthakumari (Author)
Synopsis This book provides, for the first time, a complete description of the sound structure of Tamil language within the framework of Transformational Generative Grammer. It explores the power of the generative technique to explain the phonological structure of the language and opens up new vistas for the linguist to produce a more economical grammar using fewer and simpler rules than could be produced a more economical grammar by using fewer and simpler rules than could be produced if other methods are employed. It contains a compressive description of the underlying phonological segments and features of Tamil language, a classification and rank order of segments, classification of segments by features, and a branching diagram. Constraints on phonological representation are presented in the form of Lexical Redundancy Rules. The phonological rules have been examined in detail. The classification system of verbs and nouns, lexical and grammatical formations, and the readjustment component have been fully explained. The implications of the study in solving some problems of Tamil phonology have been assessed. For comprehension of its contents, the bookrequire only a basic knowledge of the theory of Generative Phonology on the part of the reader. This work will be of interest to all linguists who venture to test this theory.
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About the author

T. Vasanthakumari

Dr. T. Vasanthakumari (b. 1943) took her M.A. and Ph. D. degree in Linguistics from the University of Kerla, Trivandrum. She also holds a Master’s degree in English. Her area of specialisation is Phonetics and Phonology. She joined the Department of Linguistics in 1981. She has published a number of research papers on Phonology, of special interest to her is sociolinquistics and she is currently working on ‘Social Siratification of Tamil’. Dr. Vasanthakumari has presented papers in several national and international conferences.

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Title Generative Phonology of Tamil
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170990866
length xvi+243p., Figures; Tables; Maps; References; Index; 22cm.