The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

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K. Alexander Adelaar, Nikolaus Himmelmann
Psychology Press, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 841 pages
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Some 800 Austronesian languages are spoken in the area extending from Madagascar to eastern Indonesia and to the north to Taiwan and the Philippines. They vary greatly in almost every possible respect, including the size and social make-up of the speech communities and their typological profiles. This book is designed to serve as a reference work and in-depth introduction to these languages, providing a source of basic information for linguists and other professionals concerned with this area. It highlights the cultural and linguistic diversity of this group of languages while at the same time keeping track of their common heritage.

Five introductory articles on linguistic history, language politics, language endangerment, ritual speech and special registers, and major typological features have the entire area in their scope and provide a balanced and up-to-date discussion of the major issues. The core of the volume consists of grammatical sketches of twenty languages plus three chapters dealing with different aspects of Malay (Old Malay, Malayic varieties and Colloquial Indonesian), representing a good cross-section of the linguistic diversity found in the area.

 

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Contents

A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
1
CHAPTER TWO LANGUAGE SHIFT AND ENDANGERMENT
43
CHAPTER THREE COLONIAL HISTORY AND LANGUAGE POLICY IN INSULAR SOUTHEAST ASIA AND MADAGASCAR
65
CHAPTER FOUR RITUAL LANGUAGES SPECIAL REGISTERS AND SPEECH DECORUM IN AUSTRONESIAN LANGUAGES
87
TYPOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS
110
CHAPTER SIX OLD MALAY
182
CHAPTER SEVEN STRUCTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE MALAYIC SUBGROUP
202
CHAPTER EIGHT COLLOQUIAL INDONESIAN
227
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN PHAN RANG CHAM
489
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN MOKEN AND MOKLEN
513
CHAPTER NINETEEN KARO BATAK
534
CHAPTER TWENTY NIAS
562
CHAPTER TWENTYONE JAVANESE
590
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO BUOL
625
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE MAKASSAR
649
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR MORI BAWAH
683

CHAPTER NINE TSOU
259
CHAPTER TEN SEEDIQ
291
CHAPTER ELEVEN ILOKO
326
CHAPTER TWELVE TAGALOG
350
CHAPTER THIRTEEN SAMA BAJAU
377
CHAPTER FOURTEEN KIMARAGANG
397
CHAPTER FIFTEEN BELAIT
429
CHAPTER SIXTEEN MALAGASY
456
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE KAMBERA
709
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX TETUN AND LETI
735
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN TABA
769
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT BIAK
793
LANGUAGE INDEX
824
SUBJECT INDEX
831
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Alexander Adelaar is Associate Professor and Reader in Indonesian at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His main publications are on Austronesian historical and descriptive linguistics, especially Malay varieties, Malagasy, languages of West Borneo and Siraya (Taiwan).

Nikolaus P. Himmelmann was previously Professor and Chair at the Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat, Germany. He has done fieldwork in the Philippines (Tagalog), Sulawesi (Tomini-Tolitoli languages) and East Timor (Waima'a) and published widely on a number of core issues in Austronesian grammar, including the nature of lexical and syntactic categories and voice.

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