A. G O V I N D A N K U T T Y T H E R E L A T I V E P A R T I C I P L E I N - 1 Y A O F M O D E R N M A L A Y A L A M I. I N T R O D U C T I O N It is a well k n o w n characteristic o f Dravidian languages that t h e y have no relative pronouns. Instead, t h e y have an attributive n o u n f o r m which is used in cases where the Indo-European languages have a relative clause, e.g., pa.titta paiyan (the having- read b o y =) 'the b o y w h o has read', paiyan pat.itta p u t t a k a m (the b o y having-read b o o k =) 'the b o o k which the b o y has read'. This so-called 'relative participle' (Tamil peyareccam, Malayalam p~reccam) is derived either f r o m a tense stem b y suffixation o f the
Indo-Iranian Journal – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1977
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