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LINGUIST List 23.4900

Sat Nov 24 2012

Books: Ternate Malay; Grammar and Texts: Litamahuputty

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Nov-2012
From: Mariƫtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Ternate Malay; Grammar and Texts: Litamahuputty
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Title: Ternate Malay; Grammar and Texts
Series Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Betty Litamahuputty

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930881 Pages: Price: Europe EURO Comment: CD included


This book is the first grammar on Ternate Malay, a local variety of Malay
spoken on the island of Ternate, North-Moluccas, Indonesia. It is a language
with words flexible in function and meaning, which do not bear overtly
expressed features to indicate grammatical functions. Linguistic tools
traditionally used to distinguish between word classes do not work
satisfactorily for this language. Certain lexical items and their position in
a string of words serve as indicators of relationships between the words and
determine the meaning they express. The preference for particular types of
constructions and other combinatory abilities serve to limit the number of
plausible interpretations and facilitate the determining of meaningful word
constructions. The linguistic context and the non-linguistic situation
determine the most appropriate interpretation of structures and the meaning
they express. Various kinds of constructions are analyzed, described, and
illustrated with examples from stories, told by a young Ternate Malay speaker.
The word order, different types of possessive constructions, spatial
orientation, and other linguistic topics of interest are described and
discussed. The grammar aims to complement linguistic descriptions of Malay
varieties in general, and particularly those in eastern Indonesia. The Ternate
Malay texts and examples display spontaneous and naturally spoken Malay used
as the daily language of communication in Ternate. The accompanying CD-rom
contains texts with sound files and a Ternate Malay-English wordlist.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Malay, North Moluccan (max)

Written In: English (eng)

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