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Tue Oct 04 2011

Books: Lang Documentation/Morphology/Syntax/Semantics: Haiman

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , Cambodian: Haiman


Message 1: Cambodian: Haiman
Date: 04-Oct-2011
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Cambodian: Haiman
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Title: Cambodian
Subtitle: Khmer
Series Title: London Oriental and African Language Library 16
Published: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/loall.16

Author: John Haiman
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027285027 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 115.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027285027 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 173.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027238160 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 115.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027238160 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 173.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027238160 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 121.90
Abstract:

Cambodian is in many respects a typical Southeast Asian language, whose
syntax at least on first acquaintance seems to approximate that of any SVO
pidgin. On closer acquaintance, however, because of the richness of its
idioms, the language seems to be a forbiddingly alien form of "Desesperanto"
- a language of which one can read a page and understand every word
individually, and have no inkling of what the page was all about. Like many of
the languages of its genetic (Austroasiatic) family, its basic root vocabulary
seems to consist largely of sesquisyllabic or iambic words, although there are
an enormous number of unassimilated borrowings from Indic languages
(which seem to play the same role in Cambodian that Latinate borrowings do
in English). Morphologically, Cambodian has a fairly elaborate system of
derivational affixes, and it is possible that the genesis of many of the most
common of these affixes is related to (and undoes) the constant reduction of
unstressed initial syllables in sesquisyllabic words. Again like many of the
languages of Southeast Asia, Cambodian exhibits in its lexicon a penchant
for symmetrical decorative compounding, a phenomenon which is so
marginally attested in Western languages that the phenomenon has received
little attention in the typological literature. The present book is the first
reference grammar of Cambodian in any language since 1966, and the first to
appear in English.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                            Morphology
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Khmer, Central (khm)
                            Khmer, Northern (kxm)

Written In: English (eng )

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