Austronesian Root Theory: An Essay on the Limits of Morphology

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John Benjamins Publishing, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 190 pages
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Since the pioneering analyses of Renward Brandstetter (1860 1942) a quasi-morphological element called the 'root' has been recognized in Austronesian linguistics. This monograph confronts many of the methodological and substantive issues raised but never fully resolved by Brandstetter. In an effort to reassess the value of his work for contemporary linguistics the author examines Brandstetter's methods and results, and applies a modified from of this approach to new material. The study establishes 230 roots based on more than 2,560 root tokens in some 117 languages. It is thus intended to serve as a rudimentary root dictionary and a basic handbook on the subject of the root for future scholars of Austronesian.
 

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Contents

1 ON ROOT THEORY
1
TWO OPERATIONAL DEFINITIONS
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3 A SYNOPTIC HISTORY OF AUSTRONESIAN ROOT THEORY
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4 A CRITIQUE OF BRANDSTETTERS THEORY OF THE ROOT
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5 AUSTRONESIAN ROOT THEORY REVISITED
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6 RELATED MATTERS
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7 IMPLICATIONS FOR GENERAL LINGUISTIC THEORY
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8 APPENDICES
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APPENDIX 1
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APPENDIX 2
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APPENDiX 3
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NOTES
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REFERENCES
174
INDEX
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