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Title: A Grammar of Gayo
Subtitle: A language of Aceh, Sumatra
Written By: Domenyk Eades
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics
Description:

Gayo is a regional language of Indonesia spoken by some 260,000 people in
the central highlands of Aceh province, at the north-western tip of
Sumatra. The Gayo people have historically had close ties to the majority
Acehnese of the coast, while maintaining their distinct cultural and
linguistic heritage. Gayo remains the first language of most ethnic Gayo to
this day, and it is the vehicle for a rich oral literary tradition. The
language belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian family
of languages. It is typologically unlike Acehnese, but shares certain
features such as voice with the Batak languages of the neighbouring
province of North Sumatra. Gayo features a voice system of the type that
has been referred to as symmetrical, whereby neither actor nor undergoer
voice can be considered the basic or unmarked alignment. The language also
features valence-increasing affixes, and a range of verbal affixes that
mark intransitive verbs to indicate information about various different
semantic types of events. This grammar is the first detailed descriptive
account of the phonology, morphology and syntax of Gayo. The analysis draws
upon data that reflect the cultural context in which the language is
spoken, and in the appendices two Gayo texts with their translations are
included.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Gayo
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0858835533
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii + 350
Prices: AUS $ 76.00