Title: Studies in Burmese linguistics
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
Editor: Justin Watkins
Paperback: ISBN: 0858835592 Pages: xxvi + 331 Price: AUS $ 76.00 Comment: In Australia A$83.60 (incl. GST)
Studies in Burmese Linguistics is a unique collection of articles dedicated to the linguistics of Burmese, a major language of South East Asia with perhaps forty million speakers, more than any other language in the diverse Tibeto-Burman language family. The articles cover various sub-disciplines within linguistics which will be of general interest to a broad constituency of linguists, including the phonology and the phonetics of constituent focus, a synchronic and diachronic treatment of reflexives, a discussion of optionality in morphosyntax, an analysis of the grammaticalisation of the verb 'give' as a causativiser, three complementary articles on the verbal tense-mode-aspect system and two on Old Burmese, the language of 11-13th Century inscriptions.
There is also a report of a major German-Burmese lexicography project. The contributors have been invited to write on research topics of their own choosing, making the volume a representative of current research on Burmese rather than a systematic linguistic survey of the language. While not all the articles are theory-neutral, the book has been edited to ensure accessibility to a broad readership, as well as consistent transcription, transliteration and linguistic glossing across all the articles.
The book is dedicated to the editor's first Burmese teacher, John Okell, whose career teaching Burmese spans five decades.
Subject Language(s): Burmese (mya)
Old Burmese (obr)