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ERIC Number: ED283391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Exceptions to Case-Marking and the Grammar of Complementation in Dravidian.
Steever, Sanford B.
The morphological and lexical bases of Dravidian complementation are explored by proposing a series of rules that govern the distribution of finite predicates in the Dravidian sentence. The distribution of two verbs, "a-" ("become") and "en-" ("say"), is shown to be correlated with the distribution of finite predicates. These predicates are negative absolute exceptions to case-marking. Certain syntactic changes in North Dravidian are shown to be accomplished by increasing the number of predicates that are exceptions to case-marking, rather than by blindly imitating Indo-Aryan structures. The hypothesis of brute-force convergence is rejected as an explanation for these syntactic changes in favor of one that uses native lexical, morphological, and syntactic resources in diachronic syntax. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (8th, Urbana, IL, May 29-31, 1986)