The Languages of East and Southeast Asia:An Introduction: An Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jul 14, 2005 - Social Science - 332 pages
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This book introduces readers to the remarkable linguistic diversity of East and Southeast Asia. It contains wide-ranging and accessible discussions of every important aspect of the languages of the region, including word origins, cultural key words, tones and sounds, language families and typology, key syntactic structures, writing systems, and communicative styles.Students of linguistics will welcome the book's treatments of celebrated East Asian features such as classifiers, serial verb constructions, tones, topic-prominence, and honorifics. It shows students of particular Asian languages how their language fits structurally and culturally into the regional language mosaic. With its exercises, solutions, glossary, and many fascinating cases and insights, the book is an ideal introduction to descriptive and field linguistics.Cliff Goddard writes with great clarity and an eye for interesting examples. His book will appeal to all those with a serious interest in the languages and cultures of the region.

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Cliff Goddard is Professor in Linguistics at the University of New England, NSW, Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His research interests are in the areas of language description, lexical and grammatical semantics, and the intersection between language, meaning, and culture. His books include Semantic Analysis (1998), and Meaning and Universal Grammar (co-edited with Anna Wierzbicka, 2002). His numerous scholarly articles include descriptive studies of lexical, grammatical and discourse aspects of Malay, English, and Yankunytjatjara. He is the editor of two forthcoming edited collections of work on Ethnopragmatics and Crosslinguistic Semantics.

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