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Wed Nov 20 2002

Books: Phonetics/Sociolinguistics: Watkins

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  1. Malcolm.Ross, The phonetics of Wa: Watkins

Message 1: The phonetics of Wa: Watkins

Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 13:01:49 +0000
From: Malcolm.Ross <>
Subject: The phonetics of Wa: Watkins

Series Title: PL 531
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
Author: Justin Watkins 
Hardback: ISBN: 0858834863, Pages: xxvii + 226, Price: Australia
	 A$47.85 International A$43.50

This is a linguistic phonetic study of the Northern Mon-Khmer language
Wa, spoken by about one million people in an area on the border
between China's Yunnan Province and Burma's (Myanmar's) Shan State.
The aim of this book is to describe the phonetic facts of the sounds
of Wa in terms of the simplest segment types without compromising
detail, and to illustrate the types of contrasts which distinguish
them from one another, so that they may be viewed in a wider, phonetic
linguistic, context. It is hoped that sufficient material is
presented here to inform a comparison of dialectal variants of Wa and
that the instrumental data may be of value in comparing a sound in Wa
with similar sounds in other languages.

This study aims to be accessible to all those who are interested by
the relevance of phonetics to linguistics. It is hoped that certain
sections, in particular the background information and the discussion
of topics relating to the historical phonology of Wa may be of
interest to a wider readership, namely Mon-Khmerists, those working on
other minority languages of South East Asia or elsewhere, or those
with a general interest in Wa language, culture or society.
Lingfield(s): Phonetics, 
Subject Language(s): Wa (Language Code: BLR)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)
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