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Title: Über die Kawi-sprache auf der Insel Java 3 Volume Set
Written By: Wilhelm von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835) was a German philologist, diplomat and
philosopher. While Minister of Education he was responsible for reforming the
Prussian education system. His pioneering achievements in linguistics
influenced many later scholars including Chomsky. This monumental three-
volume study of Kawi, a traditional formal and literary language of Java
belonging to the Austronesian language family, was published posthumously in
1836–9. Humboldt considered Kawi, which includes many Sanskrit loan-words,
to be the common ancestor of all the Malayo-Polynesian languages, though this
view is no longer accepted. Volume 1 discusses Sanskrit and Buddhist
influences on Javan language and society. Volume 2 contains a detailed
analysis of Kawi grammar and usage, based on an epic text, and compares
Kawi with other languages of the region. Volume 3 focuses on grammatical
features of Tagalog, Tongan, Tahitian and Hawaiian texts, and explores the
relationship of these 'South Sea' languages with the 'Malayan' group.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Kawi
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108031561
Prices: U.K. £ 88.00
U.S. $ 140.00