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LINGUIST List 19.1259

Sun Apr 13 2008

Books: Typology/Lang Documentation/Syntax: Huber

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, First Steps Towards a Grammar of Makasae: Huber

Message 1: First Steps Towards a Grammar of Makasae: Huber
Date: 09-Apr-2008
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: First Steps Towards a Grammar of Makasae: Huber
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Title: First Steps Towards a Grammar of Makasae
Subtitle: A language of East Timor
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 195
Published: 2008
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Juliette Huber
Paperback: ISBN: 9782895861406 Pages: 122 Price: Europe EURO 42.00

Makasae is a non-Austronesian / Papuan language spoken by a population of
some 70,000 in the newly independent state of East Timor. Because of its
long history of occupation and civil war, the nation's languages are so far
sparsely documented. The present work is the first Makasae grammar
description to be published in English.

Makasae is largely isolating in structure, and its grammar has in many
respects assimilated to that of its Austronesian neighbours. Its defining
Papuan features are the vocabulary and the characteristic SOV word order.
The present monograph gives a phonology sketch and a description of some
morphological processes, but focuses on the syntax. Of special interest is
the marking of grammatical roles, through which some degree of syntactic
flexibility from the otherwise rigid SOV word order is achieved. The
linguistic analysis is copiously illustrated with examples and is
complemented by a story transcript.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Makasae (mkz)

Written In: English (eng )

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