By Rajendra Singh
South Asia is domestic to a good number of languages and dialects. even if linguists engaged on this zone have made major contributions to our figuring out of language, society, and language in society on an international scale, there's as but no famous foreign discussion board for the alternate of principles among linguists engaged on South Asia. the once a year evaluate of South Asian Languages and Linguistics is designed to be simply that discussion board. It brings jointly empirical and theoretical examine and serves as a trying out floor for the articulation of recent principles and ways that could be grounded in a research of South Asian languages yet that have common applicability.
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It is assumed that the movement of one element to Spec-CP is a Universal phenomenon. 1. Introduction The Sinhala language, which is of Indo-Aryan origin, is most widely spoken in Sri-Lanka. Though Sinhala is said to belong to the class of Nominative-Accusative languages in Typology, it exhibits default agreement in complex predicates as well as agreement with the noun that occurs in a conjunctive verb, as in Hindi. However, present-day Sinhala, interestingly, shows a mix of shared characteristics with Tamil.
14) a. ’ rahaa PROG b. ’ hai PRES hai PRES 26 Rajesh Kumar c. FP Spec F’ TP Spec F Fin T’ NegP T hai AspP vP Asp rahaa Spec raajiiv v’ VP Spec dillii Neg nahiiN v V’ V jaa In the clause structure (14c), the V moves to v and then to Asp to incorporate the aspectual morpheme. Once it gets the aspectual morphology, the complex (v + Asp) moves to Neg and lands to the right of Neg3. From there, the verbal complex plus negation (NEG+verb) moves to T where it takes the tense morpheme. In this way, the sentence gets the desired order.
In Sinhala, rightward movement of the whelements occurs only when there is a single wh-phrase in the simple interrogatives, as in the following examples (1-5)1. 1. ’ 2. tj ti mEri-tə αrαdənα-kərə-nu-ætte t t Mary-Acc invitation-do-PRT-has-Fut kawu-dək? who-Q ‘Who t t will invite Mary ? 3. mEri ti kanu-ætt-e monəwα-dəi? ’ 4. ’ 5. ti kæmə-de-nu-ætt-e mEri u:ran-tə Mary pig-Pl-Acc t food-give-PRT-has-Fut-Foc kesE-dəi? ’ I have indicated the syntactic movements of the interrogative sentence (1) in the tree diagram below (Syntactic tree 1).
Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics 2010 (Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs) by Rajendra Singh