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Title: The Begak (Ida'an) Language of Sabah
Written By: Nelleke Goudswaard
URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl/index3.html
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series 107
Description:

This work contains the first comprehensive description of Begak (Ida’an),
an Austronesian language spoken by approximately 6,000 speakers at the east
coast of Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. The language currently consists of two
dialects: Ida’an, which has the largest number of speakers, and Begak,
which is the focus of this study.

Begak (Ida’an) is an isolate within the Sabahan subgroup. Unlike most other
Sabahan languages, which display four or more voices, Begak (Ida’an) has
only two voices: Actor Voice and Undergoer Voice. On the phonological
level, the language presents an interesting case of infix allomorphy and
vowel coalescence. Its syntax is characterised by a rigid word order.

The study is based on primary data gathered by the author during fieldwork
in Sabah. The book has not been written against a particular theoretical
background, although insights from several linguistic theories are used to
support the analysis. The numerous example sentences are mainly taken from
spontaneous speech. The appendix contains Begak texts of several genres and
a preliminary word list of over 2,300 items. An index is provided for easy
reference. The book is of interest to scholars of Austronesian languages
and linguistic typology.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Typology
Subject Language(s): Ida'an
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ISBN: 907686473X
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Pages: 540
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