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Wed Nov 20 2002

Books: Language Description: Reesink (ed.)

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  1. Malcolm.Ross, Languages of the Eastern Bird's Head: Reesink (ed.)

Message 1: Languages of the Eastern Bird's Head: Reesink (ed.)

Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 12:38:17 +0000
From: Malcolm.Ross <>
Subject: Languages of the Eastern Bird's Head: Reesink (ed.)

Title: Languages of the Eastern Bird's Head
Series Title: PL 524
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
Editor: Ger P Reesink 

Hardback: ISBN: 0858834944, Pages: ix + 340, Price: Australia A$84.00
	 International A$77.00
This book is the first detailed introduction to languages of the
Bird's Head peninsula of Indonesia's Irian Jaya (Papua) province.
Detailed data on these languages have only become available in the
last decade, and the papers in this volume present some of the results
of this new research. The first article sketches out the
relationships between the eastern Bird's Head languages - both with
each other and with other languages in the surrounding area. Following
the introduction are short descriptions of three languages, Mpur (by
Cecilia Od�), Meyah (by Gilles Gravelle), Sougb and Mansim (both by
Ger Reesink). Each of these contributions is presented as an
independent unit, with illustrative text material. The article on
Mansim is of particular importance. Until Reesink's fieldwork in the
region, Mansim was thought to be extinct. While the language has few
speakers left, it is not quite extinct: Ger Reesink was fortunate
enough to collect some materials from a few of the last remaining
speakers. Mansim is closely related to Hatam, a language already
described in an earlier Pacific Linguistics volume by Reesink.
Lingfield(s): Language Description 
Subject Language(s): 	Hatam (Language Code: HAD)
			Manikion (Language Code: MNX)
			Meyah (Language Code: MEJ)
			Mpur (Language Code: AKC)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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