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Grammaticalization and the Rise of Configurationality in Indo-Aryan

Uta Reinöhl


This book outlines the rise of configurational structure in Indo-Aryan as a by-product of the grammaticalization of postpositions. While Vedic Sanskrit lacks function words that constrain nominal expressions into phrasal units—one of the characteristics of a non-configurational language—New Indo-Aryan languages have postpositions which organize nominal expressions into postpositional phrases. The grammaticalization of postpositions and concomitant syntactic changes are traced through the three millennia of Indo-Aryan attested history, with a focus on the varieties of Vedic Sanskrit, Middle Ind ... More

Keywords: grammaticalization, configurationality, non-configurationality, syntactic change, adpositions, postpositions, phrase structure, Indo-Aryan, Indo-European, South Asian languages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736660
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uta Reinöhl, author
Assistant Professor in Linguistics, University of Cologne