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 appreciably from the literary language. This booklet, a miles multiplied 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 available to scholars learning the trendy spoken language in any respect degrees in addition to to linguists and different experts. The publication has benefited from broad native-speaker enter and the author's personal lengthy adventure of educating Tamil to English-speakers.

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Our choice was one that could be used by laypersons as well as scholars, hence the use of h for intervocalic - i rather than a morphophonemic / / k / / or a phonemic / g / . g. phonemic) convention, or those used in most other grammars, but we have found through years of teaching Tamil that most dictionary representations of Tamil are not phonetic enough to permit non-Tamils to approximate usual spoken pronunciations. In all of our phonetic representations we give prefererence to those that preserve morphological clarity, so that even though it may be common for many speakers to convert LT intervocalic L to a flapped rhotic alveolar r, we still represent these as d.

1) animate objects are marked for accusative, the subject is marked dative, and no nominativemarked noun may appear in the sentence. 4 Postpositions For certain notions expressed in English by prepositions, Tamil case endings are not sufficient. Instead, additional 'postpositions' are affixed after the case marker. For all practical purposes, these are not suffixes, but separate free forms. kooyil 'temple' + £_

2. PHONETICS OF ST 19 becomes maanu. g. §$am 'pillar' becomes ST tuunu ([tuintt]). 11. Vowel Shifting A number of other differences between vowels in LT and their realization in ST have to do with certain phonological changes in the Tamil vowel system since Tamil orthography was fixed. • Lowering LT words with short high vowels g) i and ©_ u in an initial syllable followed by one consonant and the vowel ^ aor g) ai lower these vowels to err e and Q O respectively in ST. Thus LT forms like (&|flna) 'leaf and (g>y>j5fl*>0& 'child' become ele and korande, respectively, whereas forms like glewmco'no, not', where the vowel is followed by a double consonant, do not exhibit lowering.

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