New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1989. Generally synchronic in approach, concentrating on phonology, morphology and syntax (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujurati, Marathi Sinhalese, etc.) of the modern representatives of the group.
In his ambitious survey of the Indo-Aryan languages, Colin Masica has provided a fundamental introduction which will interest not only general and theoretical linguists but also students of one or more of these languages who want to acquaint themselves with the broader linguistic context. Generally synchronic in approach, concentrating on the phonology, morphology and syntax of the modern representatives of the group, the volume also covers their historical development, areal context, writing systems and aspects of sociolinguistics. The survey is organised not on a language-by-language basis but by topic, so that salient theoretical issues may be discussed in a comparative context.
Table of Contents
2. The modern Indo-Aryan languages and dialects
3. The historical context and development of
4. The nature of the New Indo-Aryan lexicon
5. NIA descriptive phonology
6. Writing systems
7. Historical phonology
8. Nominal forms and categories
9. Verbal forms and categories
Appendix I Inventory of NIA languages and
Appendix II Schemes of NIA subclassification.