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Title: The Austronesian languages
Written By: Robert A Blust
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics
Description:

This is the first single-authored book that attempts to describe the
Austronesian language family in its entirety. It includes chapters or
chapter sections on: the physical and cultural background in which these
languages are embedded, official and national languages, largest and
smallest languages in all major geographical regions, speech levels and
respect language, male/female speech differences, vituperation and
profanity, secret languages, ritual languages, language contact, a survey
of the sound systems of both typical and atypical languages in all major
geographical regions, numerals and numeration, colour terminology,
demonstratives, locatives and directions, pronouns, metaphor, language
names and greetings, semantic change, lexical change, linguistics
paleontology, morphology, syntax, the history of scholarship on
Austronesian languages, a critical assessment of the reconstruction of
Proto Austronesian phonology, a survey of types of sound change, a critical
assessment of claims regarding the external relations of the Austronesian
languages, subgrouping, size of the scholarly community and major centres
of Austronesian scholarship, periodic meetings and periodic publications,
landmarks of scholarship with regard to other language families, a survey
of bibliographies of Austronesian linguistics, and an extensive list of
references to the published literature.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Typology
Genetic Classification
Language Family(ies): Austronesian
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780858836
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 852
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