The Tick (shanrina) wrote in linguaphiles,
The Tick

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Looking for book recommendations, plus a grammar question

Hi, guys! I was wondering if anyone knew of any good books that went into detail (the more, the better, although overviews would be good too) on languages that are closely related and how they evolved to become separate languages. Books on Romance languages or North Indian languages would probably be best because I'm already somewhat familiar with them, but other closely-related language groups would also be welcome/useful.

I've also got a question about a song from the Hindi movie Don called "Khaike Paan Banaraswala" ("Having Had Paan from Banaras") and I'm really confused about the grammar used in this title. Is the verb here still "khaanaa" ("to eat")? If it is, then why is there an ee sound in there? I've checked all my dictionaries and there doesn't seem to be any sort of khaainaa verb. I also don't get why it would be "Banaraswala" instead of "Banaras se" or "Banaras ke" (although "Banaras ke" sounds better to me). Is it just for the song/to get a good rhyme and rhythm, or is it a legitimate, grammatical way to say "paan from Banaras" that I could use when talking about something else from somewhere else?

Man, I got a lot out of three little words. Thanks!
Tags: books, hindi, indic languages, romance

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