Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, 2012 by Rajendra Singh

By Rajendra Singh

South Asia is domestic to a great number of languages and dialects. even supposing linguists engaged on this quarter have made major contributions to our realizing of language, society, and language in society on a world scale, there's as but no well-known overseas discussion board for the trade of principles among linguists engaged on South Asia. the yearly evaluate 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 principles and ways that may be grounded in a learn of South Asian languages yet that have common applicability.

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Recognizing bilexemic verbs as a natural class is independently helpful in the context of finding a home for items straddling the compound/ composite boundary. fall, to fall asleep'. opaque. verb4 , to put to sleep' couples the noun ghum 'sleep' with a light verb- an indubitable case of a transitive-intransitive pair sitting on the fence between the two constructions. Cj to. give =to put (pieces) back together'. For such examples, Dasgupta (1989a: 230-34) proposed that as a matter of lexical idiosyncrasy a compound verb could give its polar constituent a quirky non-conjunctive shape.

But aktionsart has no comparable all-weather defaults; hence its differentiated arsenal. Recognizing bilexemic verbs as a natural class is independently helpful in the context of finding a home for items straddling the compound/ composite boundary. fall, to fall asleep'. opaque. verb4 , to put to sleep' couples the noun ghum 'sleep' with a light verb- an indubitable case of a transitive-intransitive pair sitting on the fence between the two constructions. Cj to. give =to put (pieces) back together'.

What we do find surprising is that the study of 6 Probal Dasgupta bilexemic verbs, often called 'complex predicates' by those authors, should have given a question formulated in 1926 so long a shelf life. To wit, contemporary bilexemic inquiry has steered a course very close to what Suniti Kumar Chatterji's (1926) remarks had suggested as the trajectory to follow. He described Bangia bilexemic verbs as analogous to English verb-particle constructions- "The use of this 'Compound Verb' or 'Group Verb' construction", he wrote, "amply compensates for the loss of the rootmodifying prefixes which form such a characteristic featore of Sanskrit and of Indo-European speeches outside India.

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