The Dravidian language family is the world's fourth largest with nearly 250 million speakers across South Asia from Pakistan to Nepal, from Bangladesh to Sri Lanka. This authoritative reference source provides a unique description of the languages, covering their grammatical structure and historical development, plus sociolinguistic features. Each chapter combines a modern linguistic perspective with traditional historical linguistics, and a uniform structure allows for easy typological comparison between the individual languages. New to this edition are chapters on Betta Kurumba, Kurux, Kuvi and Malayalam, and enlarged sections in various existing chapters, as well as updated bibliographies and demographic data throughout. The Dravidian Languages will be invaluable to students and researchers within linguistics, and will also be of interest to readers in the fields of comparative literature, areal linguistics and South Asian studies.
Praise for the previous edition: 'Steever sets out the aim of this volume as being to enable the layman or linguist ... to satisfy his curiosity about these individual languages ... The volume succeeds in Steever's aim, while in addition suggesting a number of interesting questions for further investigation.' Bernard Comrie, Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 36