Pashto Phonology, An Evaluation of The Relationship Between Syllable Structure and Word Order


The book provides a detailed analysis of the relationship between syllable structure and word order, a long-standing correlation in typological linguistics which has been previously described as an implicational universal.

Author: Muhammad Kamal Khan
ISBN: 9781527546080
Binding: Hardback, 260, Pages
Published Year: 2020
Language: English



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It presents data from Pashto (an Eastern-Iranian language spoken mainly in Pakistan and Afghanistan), and explores consonant clusters and the basic word order of the language. It begins by introducing the Pashto language, before going on to highlight the word order typology and language universals, followed by a detailed analysis of its syllable structure and basic word order in light of the Optimality Theoretic (OT) framework. The study then takes up the case of the basic word order as a weak foundation for such a typological correlation and challenges this view of structural implications by comparing Pashto (an SOV language) with English (an SVO language). Finally, the book concludes by emphasising the global implications of the study, and offers future recommendations for further research on this language.

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Weight 0.75 kg
Dimensions 24.5 × 17.6 × 2 cm

About the Author
Dr Muhammad Kamal Khan is an Assistant Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan. He holds an MPhil in Applied Linguistics and a doctorate in Typological Linguistics. His main research areas are language typology, English Language Teaching (ELT), and the phonetics and phonology of Pakistani regional languages. With a major interest in the Iranian language family, he has published over 20 research papers on theoretical and descriptive studies, and has presented his work across the globe. He is a Master Trainer, as certified by HEC Pakistan, the British Council, and the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He spent time as a Visiting Scholar at Newcastle University, UK, as a Master Trainee at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and as a SUSI Fellow at Seattle University, USA. He has undertaken a number of projects funded by HEC Pakistan, the US Embassy, and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.