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Transitive Nouns and Adjectives: Evidence from Early Indo-Aryan

John J. Lowe


This book explores the wealth of evidence from early Indo-Aryan for the existence of transitive nouns and adjectives, a rare linguistic phenomenon which, according to some categorizations of word classes, should not occur. The author shows that most transitive nouns and adjectives attested in early Indo-Aryan cannot be analysed as belonging to a type of non-finite verb category, but must be acknowledged as a distinct constructional type. The volume provides a detailed introduction to transitivity (verbal and adpositional), the categories of agent and action noun, and early Indo-Aryan. Four per ... More

Keywords: Sanskrit, Pali, transitivity, agent noun, action noun

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793571
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Lowe, author
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford