oa Alternation - South African Telugu surnames: a linguistic analysis

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In Andhra Pradesh, India, every Telugu speaking person (also called ?ndhra) , possesses a family name called 'inti p?ru' lit. 'house name' in Telugu). Of all the linguistic groups, ?ndhras are the only ones who possess these unique house names and they attach great importance to them. These Telugu family names have a syntactic role. They appear to stand in an adjectival relation to the given names. That is, as an adjective in the Telugu language precedes the noun it qualifies, so too the family/house name (inti p?ru) precedes the given name, which is a noun.

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