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Experiencer Subjects in South Asian Languages

Manindra K. Verma and Tara Mohanan

These papers explore an important syntactic feature of South Asian languages, the experiencer subject construction. Contributing scholars investigate this feature in such languages as Marathai, Bhojpuri, Sinhalese, Marwari, Oriya, Punjabi, Bengali, Kalasha, Gujarati, Bepali, Maithili, and Malayalam. The experiencer subject not only defines South Asian languages as a linguistic until, but also has implications for theoretical linguistics.

Manindra Verma (1931–2011) was a professor of linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, K. P. Mohanan is a linguistics professor in the English department of the National University of Singapore.


  • Preface
  • Introduction to the Experiencer Subject Construction
    Manindra K. Verma and K.P. Mohanan
  • Subjects, Case and INFL in Sinhala
    James W. Gair
  • Dative Subjects in Malayalam: Semanitc Information in Syntax
    K.P. Mohanan and Tara Mohanan
  • Experience and Other Oblique Subjects in Hindi
    Yamuna Kachru
  • Comments on the Papers by James W. Gair, Yamuna Kachru, and K.P. Mohanan and Tara Mohanan
    Margaret Spears
  • Experiencer Subjects in Bhojipuri and Magahi
    Manindra K. Verma
  • Dative/Exoeriencer Subjects in Maithili
    Mithilesh K. Mishra
  • Oblique Subjects in Sanskrit
    George Cardona
  • Some Features of the Sampradāna Kāraka in Pāṇini
    Madhav M. Deshpande
  • Experiencer (Dative) NPs in Marathi
    Rajeshwari Pandharipande
  • The Notion ‘Subject’ in Punjabi and Lahanda
    Tej K. Bhatia
  • Experiencer Subjects in Manipuri
    Shobhana Chelliah
  • Dative/ Accusative Subjects in Marwari
    David Magier
  • Subjective Experiencers in Northern Havyaka Kannada
    Helen E. Ullrich
  • Experiental Constructions and the “Subjectihood” the Experiencer NPs in South Asian Languages
    Anvita Abbi
  • The Dative Subject Construction and the Pro-Drop Parameter
    K.A. Jayaseelan
  • Case-Marking Choices for Experiencer Subjects
    R. Amritavalli
  • Involuntary Experience in Kalasha
    Elena Bashir
  • Experiencers in SOuth Asian Languages: A Gallery
    Peter Edwin Hook
  • Varied Case Markings in Obligational Constructions
    Colin P. Masica
  • Cislocative, Affectiveness, and Experiencer Subject in Gorum
    Arlene R. K. Zide
  • Comments on the Papers by Elena Bashir, Peter Hook, Colin P. Masica, and Arlene Zide
    Alice Davidson
  • Indices


ISBN (Paperback): 9780937073605 (0937073601)
ISBN (Cloth): 9780937073612 (093707361X)
Subject: Linguistics; South Asian Languages–Noun Phrase

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