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Thu Sep 9 2004

Books: Hist Ling, Bahnaric: Sidwell, Jacq

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Message 1: A Handbook of Comparative Bahnaric: Sidwell, Jacq

Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 08:58:33 -0400 (EDT)
From: jmanley <jmanleycoombs.anu.edu.au>
Subject: A Handbook of Comparative Bahnaric: Sidwell, Jacq


Title: A Handbook of Comparative Bahnaric
Subtitle: Vol. 1: West Bahnaric
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Pacific Linguistics
		http://pacling.anu.edu.au/

Author: Paul Sidwell
Author: Pascale Jacq

Paperback: ISBN: 085883541X, Pages: ix + 225 pp, Price: AUS $ 54.00
	 Comment: In Australia A$59.40 (inc. GST)
			
Abstract:

This book is the first in a planned series of monographs that will
forma multi-fascicled Handbook of Comparative Bahnaricoffering a
reconstruction of the phonology and lexicon of each sub-group of the
Bahnaric family (West Bahnaric, Central Bahnaric, North Bahnaric), and
a consolidated reconstruction of Proto Bahnaric and discussion of its
place within the Mon-Khmer family.

The West Bahnaric sub-branch is the smallest with perhaps 100,000
speakers living in the three southern Lao provinces of Champassak,
Attapeu and Sekong and adjacent areas of Cambodia. Historically it has
been heavily influenced by Khmer and Katuic languages such as
Ta'Oi. These days most speakers are bilingual in Lao, and there is a
serious danger that Lao will replace the West Bahnaric languages
entirely.

The historical reconstruction offered here includes 1094 sets of
lexical comparisons, with reconstructed proto-forms and extensive
etymological commentary. Special attention has been given to the
effects of language contact and borrowing in the formation of Proto
West Bahnaric.

Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Bahnaric, Mon-Khmer
		
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)


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