GraduateStudent
Elizabeth Encisco
South Asian Studies (Ph.D.)

I am interested in historical linguistics with an emphasis on the semantic and morphosyntactic development of certain verbal complexes (serial verb constructions) as found in both Indo-Aryan and Dravidian. My dissertation will present empirical discoveries, as well as adopt a fresh theoretical approach that will help us better understand how the serial verb construction increasingly became a site for expressing greater degrees of "speaker evaluation"--an unusual phenomenon for these constructions world-wide, but common to the languages of South Asia. Other Areass of interest include the descriptive techniques employed in the traditional Indian grammatical texts; and the interdependence between cultural values and their textual expression. 

Tamil
South Asian Studies (Ph.D.)
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