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Title: A Grammar of Semelai
Written By: Nicole Kruspe

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Semelai is a previously undescribed and endangered Aslian (Mon-Khmer)
language of the Malay Peninsula. This book - the first in-depth description
of an Aslian language - provides a comprehensive reference grammar of
Semelai. Semelai intertwines two types of morphological system: a
concatenative system of prefixes, suffixes and a circumfix - acquired
through extended contact with Malay - and a nonconcatenative system of
prefixes and infixes (including infix reduplication), inherited from
Mon-Khmer. There are distinctive word classes - Nominals, Verbs and
Expressives - the latter iconic utterances which simultaneously provide
information about the predicate and its arguments. Semelai has many
derivational processes which change word class or affect transitivity, and
it combines both head-marking and dependent-marking profiles. It also has a
rich phonemic system of 20 vowels and 32 consonants. Nicole Kruspe's
discussion is complemented with a generous number of illustrative examples
and texts, creating a reference work that will be welcomed by
descriptivists and typologists alike.

- Comprehensive reference grammar of a previously undescribed and currently
endangered language
- The first reference grammar of a language from the Asian branch of Mon-Khmer
- Provides extensive data on typologically unusual morphological processes
of reduplication, including infix reduplication

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Semelai
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521144995
Pages: 519
Prices: U.K. £ 35.00
U.S. $ 65.00