ANS 388 • Structure of Modern Indo-Aryan Languages
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
We will look at the comparative syntax of the Modern Indo-Aryan languages. Throughout the course, we will introduce data from the less studied Indo-Aryan languages such Marwari, Kumaoni, Magahi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, and Bundelkhandi. The course will focus on the various syntactic phenomena that appear in these languages. In particular, we will study correlativization and other relativization strategies, question formation, modal verbs and other modal constructions, case and agreement with special focus on Ergativity, and the tense-aspect system including marking of counterfactuality. Throughout the course, we will try to refine our hypotheses about what (if anything) constitutes a Modern Indo-Aryan universal and the domain of possible variation found in the constructions/phenomena under examination. This course will be a crosslinguistic course and we will not stop at the borders of South Asia. Constant comparison will be made to the somewhat more analyzed Germanic and Romance languages.
Active participation in class, occasional assignments, and a paper at the end of the semester. The work in the assignments can be used to contribute to the paper required at the end of the semester.
Colin P. Masica. The Indo-Aryan Languages (Cambridge Language Surveys). Cambridge University Press