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Tue Dec 16 2003

Books: Lang Description/Semantics: Bhat

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  1. tom.perridge, Pronouns: Bhat

Message 1: Pronouns: Bhat

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 05:33:12 -0500 (EST)
From: tom.perridge <>
Subject: Pronouns: Bhat

Title: Pronouns
Subtitle: A Cross-Linguistic Study
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press	
Book URL: 

Author: Darbhe Narayana Shankara Bhat, Central Institute of Indian
	Languages, Mysore

Hardback: ISBN: 0199269122, Pages: 320, Price: �55.00
On the basis of a cross-linguistic study of over 250 languages, this
book brings to light several fascinating characteristics of
pronouns. It argues that these words do not form a single category,
but rather two different categories called 'personal pronouns' and
'proforms'. It points out several differences between the two, such as
the occurrence of a dual structure among proforms but not among
personal pronouns. These differences are shown to derive from the
distinct functions that the two categories have to perform in

The book also shows that the so-called interrogative pronouns of
familiar languages do not actually have interrogation as their
meaning. One can only assign the meaning of indefiniteness to
them. Further, the notion of indefiniteness that can be associated
with these and other pronouns is quite different from the one that can
be associated with noun phrases. Other interesting aspects of this
book include the postulation of certain typological distinctions like
'two-person' and 'three-person' languages and 'free-pronoun' and
'bound-pronoun' languages.
Lingfield(s):	Language Description 

Written In:	English (Language Code: English)

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