Morpho-Syntactic Variation in a range, of New Indo –Iranian Language.


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  • Mahinnaz Mirdehghan Assistant Professor of linguistic Shahid Beheshti University , Tehran ,Iran


Typological variation, Case Marking , Case Patterns, Intransitive Division ,Non-Nominative Subjects


 The aim of this article is to provide detailed descriptions of the morpho- syntyavti variation of grammatical relations within the nominal and verbal paradigms in three south Asian Languages. The sample includes the Indic Hindi/Urdu, the Eastern Iranian Pashto and the Western Iranian Balochi Languages, which are selected in the ranged of new Indo-Iranian Languages, To explore the variations and invariants in a cross linguist from. The Main Patterns in concern include: case relators, In demonstrating the linguistic case markings, case system classification, syntactic? Morphological ergativity opposition, split ergative systems, integrative accusative distinction, as well as quirky subjects, in the languages sketched within the paper.


Hindi and Urdu language . are consider by most linguist to show the same grammatical structure , the difference being that hindi is writtern in Devanagari and draws vocabulary from Sanskrit while urdu is writer in Arabic script and drwas vocabulary from Persian and Arabic.

Pashto belongs to the southeastern group within the Iranian branch of indo Iranian ,and is a major language of aghaistan and Pakistan basically this research is centred on the dialiect of khandahar , Afghanistan .

Balochi , is the principal language of Balochistan and a northwestern Iranian language of the Iranian branck of indo Iranian ( belongin to the indo European language supe family ) which is situated in the south eastern corner of the Iranina language group . This study has been focused on the southern Balochi dialect which shows a quite consistent use of ergative stricter (see,3 for a disc ission of ergative case patterns)

The inventory of vowel phonems of the sample language that can also cesve as key to the tranccrption in the paper are presentbelow.

Hindi/Urdu vowel Pashto vowels Balochi vowels

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High ii uu Ii uu Ii uu

I u A u A u

Midhigh E o W o E o

Mid low Ai a au A

Low aa A aa A aa

In the above table the sounds in brackets are phonoems that are limited to elegant and formal styles in Pashto (penzl1955,14)

Throughtout the paper capital letters are used to show nasal vowels and eretroflex consonats and bold forms to show agreement.

Owing to the differing system of the sources transcription and glossing of the examples are puit to a unified system

Its to be noted that the rela tors here are used to describe the cas patterns of the language under incestigation

There are also addition classtication to be condedered in other language such as those indicate by morphemes incorporated in the verb form (e.g in totonac langauges( mexico) cflazard1998.2) for a detail discussion on relator(actancy) instrument,seelazard1998

This classification is also referred to as head vs dependent marking (butt,2006,5)

In the language studied ere the contrast can be summarized as that of direct vsOblique cased the ddirect case representing the unmarked nominative and absolutive sases while the oblique case indexes the marked ergative and accusative one.

There are seven cases in hidi/urdu as indicated in the following table adapted from butt and king 2004:157) eac indicated by certain postpositon.

Case Nominatic Ergative Accusative dative

Instrumental genitive locative

postpostion O ne ko Se Kaa(m)


E(obl) Me



Mohanan(1994:10) states that in future tenses Hindi/Urdu verb exhibis agreement for all three categories of number gender as well as person as seen in the example below .however for the non futer tense( past and perfective , considered mainly here) just number and gender are indexed with the verb .

Raam kitaaba khariideg-aa

Ram m sgnom bu,fut mssg


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Morpho-Syntactic Variation in a range, of New Indo –Iranian Language.




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admin, admin, & Mirdehghan, M. . (2009). Morpho-Syntactic Variation in a range, of New Indo –Iranian Language. Hanken, 1(01), 1–17. Retrieved from