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Title: Studies of Sinkang Manuscripts
Written By: Paul Jen-Kuei Li


Siraya, Taivuan, and Makatau were Formosan languages formerly spoken in
the southwestern plains of Taiwan. They all became extinct in the first half of
the 19th century. Aside from Dutch missionary documents and short
wordlists from that area, we have at our disposal a third type of language
data, the so-called "Sinkang manuscripts," which were mostly contracts
written in a roman alphabet. These texts were found in various villages in the
southwestern plains that belong to the three different groups.

This volume is divided into three main parts. Part 1 contains all 101 of the
Sinkang manuscripts that appeared in Murakami (1933). Part 2 contains a
further 69 Sinkang manuscripts collected since then. And Part 3 consists of
photocopies of all available Sinkang manuscripts, 150 in total. A map shows
the geographical distribution of Siraya, Taivuan, and Makatau villages on the
southwestern plains of Taiwan by the end of the 19th century. Appendix I is a
list of Siraya names occurring in the manuscripts. This is basically a volume
of transcribed texts with translation. Word-for-word interlinear English glosses
and free Chinese translations are given for each text when possible. Only 34
texts have free translations in both Chinese and English. This volume may be
of interest of to linguists, anthropologists and historians.

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Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Siraya
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789860233421
Pages: 792
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