The languages of the South Asian subcontinent are characterised by grammatical resources for fashioning elaborative, rhyming, and alliterative expressions, conveying the emotions, states, conditions, and perceptions of speakers. These forms remain relatively undocumented. It is clear from the evidence on situated language use that the grammatically artistic usage of these forms enriches and enlivens both everyday and ritualized discourse. Over time, a sizable and unwieldy terminological lexicon has developed that has served to categorize or classify these grammatical resources. The contributors to this volume provide documentation through a typological introduction to the diversity of expressive forms in the languages of South Asia.
Table of contents:
Introduction to expressive morphology Jeffrey P. Williams, Texas Tech University Part I: Andamanese Languages Pervasive body division classifiers in Present Great Andamanese Anvita Abbi, Jawaharlal Nehru University Part II: Dravidian Languages Expressive morphology in Old Telugu classical poetry P. Ramanarasimham Kannada (no abstract available) S.N. Sridhar, Stony Brook Structure and function of expressives in Modern Telugu Peri Bhaskararao, IIIT - Hyderabad PART III: Indo-Aryan The picturesque power of Nepali expressives George van Driem, Bern University The expressive morphology of Odia Rakesh Chandra Balabantary, IIIT - Bhubaneswar Hindi reduplication: expressivity in the inter-subjective relation Annie Montaut, INALCO PART IV: Munda Languages Expressives in the lexicon and grammar of the Munda languages Gregory D.S. Anderson, Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages Expressive morphology in Remo Arun Ghosh, University of Burdwan PART IV: Tibeto-Burman Languages Expressives and discourse structure in Meitei and Lamkang S. Chelliah, University of North Texas The functional value of formal exuberance: expressive intensification in Adi and Milang Mark Post and Yankee Modi, University of New England (Australia)/University of Berne PART V: Tai-Kadai Languages The poetics of Tai Ahom Stephen Morey, LaTrobe University