LINGUIST List 12.2837

Mon Nov 12 2001

Books: Austronesian linguistics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Austronesian linguistics: Sundanese

Message 1: Austronesian linguistics: Sundanese

Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 23:04:39 +0100
Subject: Austronesian linguistics: Sundanese

Franz M�ller-Gotama 
California State University, Fullerton 

Sundanese (Austronesian, Western Malayo-Polynesian) is the indigenous
language of West Java, Indonesia. With approximately 25 million
speakers, it is the second largest regional language in Indonesia
after Javanese. The Priangan dialect of the area around the provincial
capital of Bandung is considered standard and is taught in elementary
school in West Java as well as forming the medium, of a lively, if
limited, publishing business. The book presents a theory-neutral
description of the essential structure of standard Sundanese,
emphasizing its typologically most interesting features.

Like its neighbor Javanese, Sundanese has distinct speech levels,
which require a speaker to select from a different set of vocabulary
items depending on the relative status of the interlocutors. Sundanese
developed these speech levels relatively recently as a result of the
Javanese hegemony over West Java during the Mataram period, and the
system is consequently less elaborately developed than in
Javanese. Sundanese morphology is rather more complex that than of
Indonesian. The chapter on morphology will concentrate on the
elaborate system of forming plurals from nouns, verbs, and adjectives
and on reduplication. The chapter on syntax will deal with such issues
as basic word order and phrase structure, diathesis, negation, the use
of the topic and focus markers, and coordination and subordination.

ISBN 3 89586 926 0
Languages of the World/Materials 369. 
Ca. 80pp. USD 33 / EUR 30.80 / � 21.

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