This thesis describes the phonology of the verbal forms
in colloquial Ceylon Tamil, for the first time within the
framework of generative phonology.
It consists of an introduction, seven chapters, two
appendices and a bibliography.
The introduction includes a brief outline of the main
features of Ceylon colloquial Tamil, a criticism of the
previous work done in Ceylon Tamil, a brief note on the data
that is taken up for investigation, and a discussion of the
merits of generative phonology.
In Chapter 1, the model that has been proposed to describe
the phonology of the verbal forms in colloquial Ceylon Tamil
is taken up for discussion. The present model differs from
that of Chomsky and Halle (1968) in a number of respects.
Chapter 2 provides the forms that have to be accounted for
by the rules of the phonology. The constituent structure of
a verb form, classification of verbal stems, the grammatical
formatives, namely, the suffixes and the tense markers, the
derivation of the verbal bases and the nominals and the formation
of a complex verb are discussed in detail. All the phonological
matrix insertion rules (PMIR) are found in this chapter.
Chapter 3 deals with the positive conditions and the
traffic rules. The redundancy rules and the phonological rules
are dealt with in Chapters 4 and 5 respectively.
In Chapter 6, the output of the phonological component
(i.e. the systematic phonetic representation) is informally
related to articulatory terms of traditional phonetic
description. While discussing the phonetic quality of each
phoneticc segment, reference has been made to palatographic
and kymographic evidence.
Chapter 7 provides a summary of the rules of the phonology
and a few examples to test the validity of these rules. Each
example begins with its underlying surface syntactic form and
ends with its systematic phonetic representation. The
derivation of the latter from the former is illustrated step
Appendix I lists the verbal stems accounted for in the
description. Appendix II lists the grammatical. formatives.
These two are informally regarded as lexicon 1 and lexicon 2