Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics: 2007 by Singh, Rajendra, Rajendra Singh

By Singh, Rajendra, Rajendra Singh

South Asia is domestic to lots of languages and dialects. even supposing linguists engaged on this zone have made major contributions to our knowing of language, society, and language in society on a world scale, there's as but no famous overseas discussion board for the alternate of rules among linguists engaged on South Asia. the once a year Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics is designed to be simply that discussion board. It brings jointly empirical and theoretical learn and serves as a trying out floor for the articulation of recent rules and techniques that could be grounded in a examine of South Asian languages yet that have common applicability. each one volume will have 4 significant sections: I. Invited contributions which includes cutting-edge essays on examine in South Asian languages. II. Refereed open submissions concentrating on correct concerns and supplying a number of viewpoints. III. reviews from worldwide, e-book experiences and abstracts of doctoral theses.

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In Example (1a), accusative case is missing on the object noun. Initially we thought this to be a typical case of contact-induced change, since Dutch doesn’t have an accusative marker. In addition, every grammar book of Turkish will tell you that definite direct objects get accusative case, period (compare the expected 1b). Imagine our surprise, however, when we found the same structure occasionally in our monolingual data from Turkey (cf. Example 1c). Apparently, there is more variation in Turkish than we thought, and accusative is perhaps marked less consistently in contexts of lesser transitivity.

It seems to us that this construction, though both its terms are full nominals, is broadly reminiscent of There is a man in the room, on the (frequently made) assumption that the element there is merged as part of a complex nominal there – a man in which there serves as a formal introducer (an ad hoc term for its role within the complex). If ‘bottles’ is a substantive introducer for ‘Pearlpet’ in the constructions at stake, the presumption must be that the ‘bottles-Pearlpet’ A-bar-chain has properties parallelling those of the there-a-man A-chain, modulo the systematic (Case-theoretic, thetatheoretic and other) differences between the two chain types.

The standard procedure of collecting performance data from L2 learners of English and having native speakers of English evaluate the grammaticality Nature, Structure and Status of Indian English 35 of the structures found in that data was like mixing oranges and apples. I argued that we needed to compare native performance with non-native performance and native competence with non-native competence for the latter, as we have known at least since Corder (1967), do develop their own competence, not always directly reflected in their performance.

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