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Wed Sep 3 2003

Books: Language Description, Paiwan: Early, Whitehorn

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  1. jmanley, One hundred Paiwan texts: Early, Whitehorn

Message 1: One hundred Paiwan texts: Early, Whitehorn

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2003 04:08:48 +0000
From: jmanley <>
Subject: One hundred Paiwan texts: Early, Whitehorn

Title: One hundred Paiwan texts
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics		 
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Author: Robert Early 
Author: John Whitehorn 

Paperback: ISBN: 08588347907, Pages: viii + 545 pp, Price: A$79.00
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The Paiwan are one of the indigenous ethnolinguistic minority groups
of Taiwan. Their language is a member of the vast Austronesian
language family, and belongs to its northernmost and most ancient

This volume presents a collection of one hundred texts in the Paiwan
language. The first seventy-four texts were collected by two Japanese
anthropologists, Naoyoshi Ogawa and Erin Asai, before the Second World
War, and the remaining twenty-six were collected by one of the
co-authors of this volume, Reverend John Whitehorn, from England, when
he was working with the Presbyterian church in the Paiwan area in the
early 1950s.

Chapter 1 gives some introductory background to the Paiwan language,
and to the text collection. The interlinearised texts are given in
Chapter 2, and are followed by a concordance (Chapter 3), which gives
all Paiwan morphemes with their glosses and an exhaustive list of
references to their location in the texts. Chapter 4 is a reversal or
finder list, which gives an alphabetical list in English of all
glosses, with their Paiwan forms.

An early sketch grammar of the language by John Whitehorn is also
included as an appendix

Lingfield(s): Language Description
Subject Language(s): Paiwan (Language code: PWN)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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