LINGUIST List 27.3099

Thu Jul 28 2016

Books: A Phonological Reconstruction of Proto-Hlai: Norquest

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Date: 22-Jul-2016
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Subject: A Phonological Reconstruction of Proto-Hlai: Norquest
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Title: A Phonological Reconstruction of Proto-Hlai
Series Title: Languages of Asia
Published: 2016
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Peter K Norquest
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004300527 Pages: 368 Price: ----
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004300163 Pages: 368 Price: ----

In A Phonological Reconstruction of Proto-Hlai, Norquest presents a reconstruction of Proto-Hlai based on data from twelve Hlai languages spoken on Hainan, China. This reconstruction includes chapters on both the Proto-Hlai initials and rimes, and original sesquisyllabic forms are shown to be necessary to account for the reflexes between the daughter languages. A comparison is made between Proto-Hlai and Proto-Tai, and a preliminary reconstruction of Proto Southern Kra-Dai (the immediate ancestor of Proto-Hlai) is performed. When this is compared with Proto-Hlai, it is shown that several important sound changes occurred between Pre-Hlai and Proto-Hlai. The aberrant Jiamao language is also examined, focusing on its complex contact relationships with other Hlai languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Hlai (lic)
Language Family(ies): Sino-Tibetan
Areal Regions: East Asian

Written In: English (eng)

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