A Reference Grammar of Spoken Tamil (Reference Grammars) by Harold F. Schiffman

By Harold F. Schiffman

It is a reference grammar of the normal spoken number of Tamil, which differs considerably from the literary language. This publication, a far accelerated 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 trendy spoken language in any respect degrees in addition to to linguists and different experts. The booklet has benefited from huge native-speaker enter and the author's personal lengthy event of educating Tamil to English-speakers.

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Cf. ' As we shall see later, there is often a difference of meaning: the instrumental implies that a person is not only physically able but also willing to make an effort, whereas the dative implies only physical capability, not necessarily willingness. 6 Accusative Case The accusative case marks a noun as the 'object' or 'patient' of some action; it is the thing to which the action of the verb is applied or subjected. The marker for accusative is 67 e (LT g)). Inanimate nouns are not normally marked for accusative unless the speaker wishes to indicate a SPECIFIC or DEFINITE thing; this is similar to the function of the definite article in English (which Tamil otherwise lacks).

A] + [i] may be replaced by [e:], as in Sanskrit. 3. 1 21 Sandhi Following Front Vowels. ' • Word- or morpheme-final g) at: does not occur in ST. 2 Sandhi Following Back Vowels Examples of ordinary sandhi phenomena of this sort are as follows: • Word- or morpheme-final e_ u: usually deleted, or added later after sandhi rules have applied. ' • Word- or morpheme-final Q OO: does not occur in ST words, but might occur in a loan word. ' tive ^ aa • Word- or morpheme-final Q6TT au: does not occur in ST.

I k, and the palatal nasal <£J> n generally only occurs before palatal & c. However, in a very few words, such as <§T>nu3(r)| naayiru 'Sunday' and in some borrowed words like <5jrTtftff) naani 'sage' the initial palatal nasal does occur without any conditioning. 2. g. Quflror pen 'woman' —• QurrcuOTgip ponnu 'ibid'. 11 All other sequences of vowel plus nasal in final position undergo nasalization of the vowel as described previously. '). 4 Stop Consonants In LT, as in Proto-Dravidian, it seems clear that there was a series of six stop consonants: • Velar: s> k • Palatal: & c or s • Retroflex: i_L t • Alveolar: rb t • Dental: £> t • Labial: u p In initial position (except for LL and (b) and when geminated, the above LT stops are phonetically voiceless (and unaspirated).

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