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Studies in Telugu Linguistics

Bhadriraju Krishnamurti (Author) Publication

Telugu, the native language of 74 million people is, according to the 2001 Census, the third largest spoken in India. It is one of the twenty-two VIII Schedule Languages of India and is the Official Language of Andhra Pradesh. With written documents dating from Early Christian era and rich literature from the 11th century, it was declared a classical language by Government of India in 2008.

The fourteen papers published in this collection were written and published during the last centuryin different professional journals and books. Almost all of them are seminal in conception and implementation. The analysis and interpretation of linguistic facts contained in them have not been proposed or discussed by earlier shcolars. For instance, the methodology proposed by the author for the preparation of dialect dictionaries of terms used in native occupations in Telugu (Ch 8) has no parallels in South Asian languages; so are the morphological analysis of the finite and non-finite verbs in Old and Modern Telugu (Ch1), syntax and semantics of causative and stative predicates (Ch 4,5,11), formation of complex predicates (Ch 3, 10), which facilitate computerization. Similarly, the rules of sandhi and the rules underlying the observance of politeness in Telugu (Ch 2, 9, 13), a new texonomy of Telugu texts (Ch 12), and an analysis of the structure of Telugu proverbs (Ch.14), are no less important.

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About the author

Bhadriraju Krishnamurti

Bhadriraju Krishnamurti, (1928 - ) is an eminent Dravidianist and the most respected Indian linguist of his generation. He was born in Ongole (Andhra Pradesh) on June 19, 1928. [1] He was a former Vice Chancellor of the Hyderabad Central University (1986-93) and was a professor of linguistics at the Department of Linguistics at the Osmania University (1962-86), which he also founded. His magnum opus The Dravidian Languages is considered a landmark volume in the study of Dravidian linguistics. He was a student and a close associate of Murray Barnson Emeneau.

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Bibliographic information

Title Studies in Telugu Linguistics
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher C.P. Brown Academy
Language: English
isbn 9789380120997
length xi+217p., Illustrations; Tables; Figures; 25cm.