Direct and indirect evidence for lability in Middle Indo-Aryan

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The paper is devoted to the labile verbs in the Middle Indo-Aryan languages. To begin with, the general causes of the diachronic development of lability are taken into consideration. The main such cause is suggested to be the casual diachronic deletion of the valency changing morphemes. In this respect, the valency changing verbal morphology of late Sanskrit, along with its outcome at the Middle Indian stage, is taken into consideration. All of the possible sources of ambiguity are identified. Subsequently, it is shown how these ambiguities effectively brought about the creation of labile patterns, which are indeed attested in our sources in MIA languages (namely, literary and epigraphic Prakrits, Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit and Panli. At the end, some indirect traces of labile verbs in MIA languages are hypothesized through the analysis of the writings of the Painian grammarians. © 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1107-1138
Number of pages32
JournalLinguistics
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2014

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Keywords

  • lability
  • Middle Indo-Aryan
  • Panini
  • Sanskrit grammar
  • valency derivation

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  • Language and Linguistics

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Direct and indirect evidence for lability in Middle Indo-Aryan. / Keidan, Artemij.

In: Linguistics, Vol. 52, No. 4, 01.07.2014, p. 1107-1138.

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Keidan, Artemij / Direct and indirect evidence for lability in Middle Indo-Aryan.

In: Linguistics, Vol. 52, No. 4, 01.07.2014, p. 1107-1138.

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