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 extensively from the literary language. This booklet, a miles elevated model of the author's Grammar of Spoken Tamil (1979) is the 1st such grammar to comprise examples either in Tamil script and in transliteration, and is designed to be obtainable to scholars learning the fashionable spoken language in any respect degrees in addition to to linguists and different experts. The ebook has benefited from large native-speaker enter and the author's personal lengthy adventure of training Tamil to English-speakers.

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2. e. equivalent to what is called 'genitive' in other case systems. But in fact the oblique form can have case markers added to it, or can stand alone. It thus presents a challenge to analysts of the Tamil case system. ' In ST, ©_tfni_iu udaiya has changed to gQi_ oode, and is used by many speakers, in addition to the 'bare' oblique stem. 2 Number Tamil nouns are unmarked in the singular, but may be marked for plurality. Inanimate nouns are often not marked for plural: L-< | sru£&<3&Lb rendu pustaham 'two b o o k s ' ®& GLDQ

In certain cases eu is closer phonetically to [w] or even to the bilabial [j3], similar to Spanish 'v' in 'vaca', but we ignore this degree of phonetic detail. Often OJ and LLJ in LT forms will not have any phonetic representation at all in ST, since intervocalic OJ in particular is deleted in weak positions, resulting in forms like ST kondaa from LT Q(36n*TOT©fljnr. In such cases no representation of 6u will appear in ST. Similarly, the presence of UJ in LT often conditions palatalization of adjacent consonants in ST, with subsequent assimilation or deletion of the iu in ST.

3 Nouns Ending in @ -du A number of Tamil nouns that end in © -du undergo gemination (parallel to the situation with nouns in rgi t_u) to il© ttu. The geminated sequences are voiceless; the intervocalic non-geminate ® du is of course voiced and flapped. Native Dravidian words and borrowed English words like Cprr© roodu alike undergo this process. 2. e. equivalent to what is called 'genitive' in other case systems. But in fact the oblique form can have case markers added to it, or can stand alone.

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