This is the first detailed description of Malayalam, a major Dravidian language spoken principally in the southern part of India. Malayalamprovides in-depth analysis of the linguistic richness of this language, spoken by over 35 million people on India's Malabar coast. A full account of the syntax, morphology and phonology of the language is provided, along with information on a number of structured semantic fields.
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aakuka aana aanp aara aaya aayi adjectival adjectival participles adjectives adverb clauses adverbial participle alternative anaphora aspect avan avanna avanre avar be-PRES ceytu child clitic come-FUT come-PAST compounds consonant coordinated copular sentences dative deleted derived Dravidian languages element enikka enna enre enta examples expressed finite verb function geminate genitive go-PAST he-DAT he-GEN head noun indicate infinitive innale interrogative ivite jiaan jooli kutti kuute locative main clause Malayalam marked marker medial modal modifier Mohanan nalla nasal negative ninna nominalised form nominative nonfinite noun clauses noun phrase occur parajinu particle past tense perfect aspect person pronouns phonological plural pooyi position possible postpositional phrases preceding pustakam question Raman reflexive pronoun relative clause relative participle relativisation Sanskrit say-PAST sequence structure suffix syllable tanne tense forms third person tomorrow vannu varum veegam verb form verb stem verbal voiceless vowel word word-final word-initial yesterday