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By Rajendra Singh

South Asia is domestic to loads of languages and dialects. even though linguists engaged on this sector have made major contributions to our realizing of language, society, and language in society on a world scale, there's as but no well-known foreign discussion board for the trade of rules among linguists engaged on South Asia. the yearly overview of South Asian Languages and Linguistics is designed to be simply that discussion board. It brings jointly empirical and theoretical study and serves as a checking out floor for the articulation of recent rules and methods that could be grounded in a research of South Asian languages yet that have common applicability.

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Notice that a theory committed to this view need not deny the uniformity of syntactic projections in the sense of the bar notation tradition or that of Tesniere (1959). The principles explored here are located at the grammarsemiotics interface, if the grammar per se takes only very limited responsibility for the paradigmatic axis. The substantivist strategy, from Dasgupta, Ford & Singh (2000) to Dasgupta (20lla), has been to implement a structurally uniform syntax but to filter its output vis-a-vis the orthogonal demands of semiotics.

We can now bring these conceptual considerations to bear on the questions raised in section 2. - Syntacticians of several persuasions are likely to agree that cranberry words are simply rare at functional head sites, and that there is no more to say". We attach more importance to the frequency of cranberry poles in compound verbs. This frequency is part of the evidence that compound verbs are supertight in the sense of (46). In contrast, no member of an infinitivalcomplement verb/control verb dyad is ever a cranberry word requiring a particular partner on the other side of the dyad - at least in Bangia, and perhaps quite generally.

We suggest that the problem resembles that of describing the contrast between chairman, batsman and milk booth, phone booth. Linguists who use the label 'suffix' tend to be sharply less willing to apply it to booth than to -man. However, this intoition fails to translate into any defensible structoral account. Only on the paradigmatic axis can a linguistic description reconstruct what is at stake. Even contemporary speakers associate milk booth and phone booth with the independent word booth, whereas the word batsman lost the gloss 'a man who bats' ages ago.

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