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Title:Origin and Development of the Indo-Aryan Quotatives and Complementizers: An Areal Approach
Author(s):Marlow, Patrick Edward
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hock, Hans Henrich
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Abstract:In this thesis I use a dialectological approach to linguistic convergence and areal linguistics to investigate the degree to which Indo-Aryan complementizers and quotatives can be attributed to outside influences (Persian and Dravidian, respectively) or internal developments. I determine that Persian influence is responsible for the spread of complementizers throughout much of Indo-Aryan. However, the initial development of relative complementizers and deictic quotatives must be seen as internal to Indo-Aryan. The development of verbal quotatives is less clear. On the basis of the available data, I conclude that a combination of forces is necessary to account for all of the forms found in Indo-Aryan. In brief, I argue that while a Dravidian source must be acknowledged for those Indo-Aryan languages in direct contact with Dravidian, the distribution of forms in the remaining Indo-Aryan languages with verbal quotatives and the speed of spread necessary to account for their development is more consistent with an internal analysis.
Issue Date:1997
Description:178 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9737189
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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