Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


New from Brill!

ad

Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: A Malay Manual
Subtitle: with Grammar, Reading Exercises, and Vocabularies
Written By: J.H.Freese
URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu
Series Title: LINCOM Gramatica 49
Description:

The birthplace of the Malay language is the Island of Sumatra. Thence it
spread, in the thirteenth Century, to the peninsula of Malacca, and
subsequently, as the result of Malay Immigration, over the greater part of
the Eastern Archipelago. At the present day it is not only spoken and
understood on the Malay peninsula, the Great and Little Sunda Islands as
far as the Philippines, but it is the general means of communication on the
coasts of the whole of the Indo-Chinese archipelago up to the Chinese
ports, and its influence extends as far as New Guinea and even beyond.
Everywhere it has established itself over an extensive coast-line and
driven back the original dialects into the interior. At the present day it
is the language of four millions of people. From this point of view, when
the commercial importance of the districts where it is spoken is
considered, it is particularly valuable as a means of communication for
trading purposes, to which it is specially adapted by its simplicity and
the ease with which it can be acquired.

Under Indian influence Malay adopted a large number of Sanskrit words, and
later, owing to the advance of the Mohaminedan religion and civilization,
borrowed largely from Arabic, and, later still, from Western languages.

Considering the extensive area over which it spread, it is not surprising
that a large number of dialects is in existence. Their peculiarities,
however, are comparatively small. The grammar is not affected at all, the
vocabulary only to a comparatively small extent, especially as regards the
personal pronouns. Thus, the pronoun of the second person is in Batavia
kweh, in Borneo küa, in Malacca awah, in Perak mika. But all these dialects
follow the same grammatical rules, and, in the matter of vocabulary,
exhibit a common nucleus, the knowledge of which renders the acquisition of
dialectic peculiarities a tolerably easy task.

Malay contains twenty-three sounds, represented in writing by letters of
the Arabic alphabet. It is probable that the Javanese was the alphabet
formerly in use, and that it was displaced with the advance of Arabic
oivilization.

Contents: Part I: Alphabet and pronunciation (vowels, consonants, accent,
the Arabic alphabet, euphonic changes in derivatives). Part II: Grammar
(article, noun, list of nouns, adjective, some common adjectives, pronouns,
verbs, derivative verbs, active voice, passive voice, to be and to have,
must, let, ought, can, would, should, some common verbs, interrogative and
negative sentences, numerals, numeral co-efficients, manner of expressing
time, pre-positions, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections). Part III:
Exercises (Malay-English and English-Malay), easy reading exercises,
conversations in the vulgar dialect. Part IV: the written language,
Malay-English vocabulary to the exercises, English-Malay vocabulary.

(originally published 1912 in London, written in English, adapted from A.
Seidel's Praktische Grammatik der malayischen Sprache).

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Austronesian Languages
Subject Language(s): Malay
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862900282
Pages: 124
Prices: EuropeEURO 49.10