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Authored by: Arun Ghosh

The Munda Languages

Print publication date:  March  2008
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415328906
eBook ISBN: 9781315822433
Adobe ISBN: 9781317828860


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Santali is a Munda language with a suffixing, agglutinating, and a basic SOV structure. The most notable characteristic of the language is the weak distinction between noun and verb, the addition of verbal suffixes that will turn any lexeme into a verb, and case-markers, enclitic definitives, and number markers into a noun. In the present study, therefore, the word classes have been postulated on the basis of morpho-syntactic criteria rather than lexical criteria alone.

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