LINGUIST List 10.790

Thu May 20 1999

Books: Austronesian: Toratan (Rahatan)

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Toratan (Ratahan)

Message 1: Toratan (Ratahan)

Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 15:48:19 +0200
Subject: Toratan (Ratahan)

Toratan (Ratahan)

NIKOLAUS P. HIMMELMANN (Australian National University) & JOHN U. WOLFF
(Cornell University) 

Toratan is an endangered Austronesian language spoken in the district of
Ratahan, province of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is estimated that now
only 500 good speakers of Toratan are left, mostly over 60 years of age,
and a few thousand semi-speakers. Toratan is located in the midst of the
Minahasa region but belongs to the Sangiric subgroup, spoken at some
distance to the north of Toratan, of which to date only one language
(Sangirese) has been documented in some detail. 
	Typologically, Toratan resembles the languages of the Philippines, and
the verbal morphology shows many of the same categories as, for example,
the Tagalog verb. Much of the Toratan affixational morphology is clearly
cognate with affixes in Philippine languages. With regard to noun phrase
marking, pronominal clitics, and word order, however, there are strong
differences from the Philippine languages. Furthermore, a system of
markers for spatial deixis exists which is far more elaborate than that
commonly found in Austronesian languages.
The volume contains an outline of the phonology and the basic
morphosyntax, a somewhat more elaborate discussion of the verbal
morphology and of the system of spatial orientation marking, a sample
text, and a map of the language area. The analysis is based on a few
hours of recorded spontaneous speech.

ISBN 3 89586 147 2. 
Languages of the World/Materials 130. 
Ca. 120 pp. Ca. USD 40 / DM 66 / \163 25.

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