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LINGUIST List 19.1772

Tue Jun 03 2008

Diss: Historical Ling/Lang Documentation/Syntax: Conners: 'Tengger ...'

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        1.    Thomas Conners, Tengger Javanese

Message 1: Tengger Javanese
Date: 02-Jun-2008
From: Thomas Conners <oranghutancbn.net.id>
Subject: Tengger Javanese
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Institution: Yale University
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Thomas Joseph Conners

Dissertation Title: Tengger Javanese

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Javanese (jav)
                            Kawi (kaw)

Dissertation Director:
Dianne Jonas
David Gil
Joseph Errington

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation provides a description and analysis of salient aspects of
the grammar of Tengger Javanese. The data collected for and described in
this work is the result of the author's year and half long field in the
volcanic highlands of the Tengger Massif in East Java, Indonesia. The first
part of the dissertation focuses on the history, sociolinguistic setting,
and lexicon, phonology, and basic morphology of the dialect. The second and
larger part of the dissertation describes and explores aspects of the
morphosyntax and syntax of Tengger Javanese. The language is place within
both a synchronic perspective, though a comparison with other dialects of
Javanese and other related languages, and also a diachronic perspective,
through comparisons with Old and Middle Javanese. Issues relevant to
Austronesian studies in general such as voice systems, word order,
constituency, and applicatives are all addressed. The approach taken is
empirical, with the primary goal of the dissertation to accurately
explicate the complex linguistic patterns found within the Tengger dialect
itself. Through the synchronic and diachronic comparisons, the Tengger
dialect is placed typologically both within the Austronesian languages, but
also comparatively with non-Austronesian languages.

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