Prof. P.S.Subrahmanvam was Professor of Linguistics at
Annamalai University. Annamalainagar, where he mainly taught
Dravidian comparative grammar. historical linguistics and history of
Tee Cer Limtltaco Cones tee LOL 1998. He was Visiting Fellow
at the School of Oriental and Africal Studies. University of London.
London during 1971-72 and Visiting Professor at the Creare icon ce) meets
Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo
University of Foreign Studies. Tokyo during 1998-99. Dravidian
linguistics and pa:ninian grammatical tradition in relation to modern
Titanate lend Gre CR oer a which he has many
contributions both in English and in Telugu. He did fieldwork on
Gondi (Adilabad dialect), Kolami (Adilabad dialect) and Kodagu. His
MUN OUN Ue RCmm Tua aHcme ag te and the following books:
That the foundations of Indian culture were deeply embedded in
Dravidian culture is now an incontrovertible fact. Dravidian culture is
one of the most ancient cultures of the world. Those cultures, slightly
contemporaneous to one another, slowly started fading out. However,
the primordial Dravidian culture continues to thrive without losing its
quintessence despite the apparent changes in systems of dress and
Dravidian University was established in 1997 to mirror the real
and rich picture of Dravidian culture not only in its linguistic, literary,
cultural and philosophical faces but in science and technological angles
At a time when no special attention worth its name was paid by
the Centre with regard to language, the Southern states except Kerala.
had established all by themselves their own Universities - Telugu, Tamil
and Kannada - to research on their languages and cultures.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh took a step ahead and
started Dravidian University, with the cooperation of the sister states,
to research and reflect on the inherent oneness of the cultures of the
four states whose languages number up to 27. Its endeavour is to
promote unity and amity in the family of several langauges. The main
objectives of Dravidian University are to augment the common weal
and social well being of the communities of marginal languages and to
build bridges among the Southern states. While working on each
language separately in varied areas, it aims at a synthesis and a
discovery of the common heritage through Comparative Studies.
Prasaaraanga (Centre for Publications and Extension Services)
is the most significant wing of the University from out of its several on
going progressive activities.
Prof. P.S. Subrahmanyam is an exceptional scholar in Sanskrit,
Dravidian languages, traditional grammar and modern linguistics. His
contributions in comparative study of Dravidian languages are
remarkable. This volume titled Aspects of Dravidian Linguistics is a
collection of eighteen chapters by Subrahmanyam written during 1964
to 2006. Many of the chapters reprinted here are from different
journals not only from India but also from the Journals which are not
easily accessible to us in India. All these articles made significant
impact in the field of comparative Dravidian linguistics. One important
feature of this volume is that it covers all the aspects of comparative
Dravidian linguistics with data even from lesser known languages such
as Parji, Kota and Toda. Therefore, I do hope this volume will be
immensely useful to scholars and students. Dravidian University is
grateful to Prof. P.S. Subrahmanyam for giving us this opportunity to
publish these highly cited articles in a single volume.
The first sixteen articles reprinted in this volume were written
during the long period 1964 to 2006. Each one of these address the
topics that were not adequately studied until that period. The
conclusions arrived at in these stand as significant contributions to
Dravidian comparative grammar. It is hoped that the publication of
these in one volume will be useful for scholars interested in the subject.
The last two articles were written at the time of submitting the
manuscript for publication. Apart from surveying the fild from the
earliest times to the present day and thus giving the reader an idea
about the state of the art of the subject, the last one provides a
comprehensive bibliography that is relevant for the whole book.
I wholeheartedly thank the authorities of the Dravidian
University for coming forward to publish this book. My thanks are due
to the editor of the volumes in which the first sixteen articles were
published. I place on record my appreciation of the work of Dr. M.
Sreenathan and the staff members of the Centre for Publications of the
University and those of the press in bringing out the book.
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