Intro to South Asian Linguistics
The modern South Asian languages are a diverse and dynamic set of languages. Although the region is large, represented by over a billion language users and at least 5 different language families, many morphosyntactic and phonological features are characteristic of the language region as a whole. In this class, we will examine the syntax, morphology, phonology, and sociolinguistic features of the modern South Asian languages. There will be more focus on the Indo-Aryan languages, a branch of the Indo-European language, but reference will be made to Dravidian, Tibeto-Burman, Austroasiatic, and Tai-Kadai languages of the region. Students will pick one South Asian Language to examine in greater detail, by consulting native speakers or published literature, from a synchronic or sociolinguistic perspective.
LING 4940/6940 CRN 64585/64586, MWF 11:30-12:20