LINGUIST List 31.3407

Thu Nov 05 2020

Books: Austronesian Undressed: Gil, Schapper (eds.)

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Date: 03-Nov-2020
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Austronesian Undressed: Gil, Schapper (eds.)
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Title: Austronesian Undressed
Subtitle: How and why languages become isolating
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 129
Published: 2020
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/tsl.129

Editor: David Gil
Editor: Antoinette Schapper
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260536 Pages: 510 Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260536 Pages: 510 Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260536 Pages: 510 Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207906 Pages: 510 Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207906 Pages: 510 Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207906 Pages: 510 Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Abstract:

Many Austronesian languages exhibit isolating word structure. This volume offers a series of investigations into these languages, which are found in an "isolating crescent" extending from Mainland Southeast Asia through the Indonesian archipelago and into western New Guinea. Some of the languages examined in this volume include Cham, Minangkabau, colloquial Malay/Indonesian and Javanese, Lio, Alorese, and Tetun Dili.

The main purpose of this volume is to address the general question of how and why languages become isolating, by examination of a number of competing hypotheses. While some view morphological loss as a natural process, others argue that the development of isolating word structure is typically driven by language contact through various mechanisms such as creolization, metatypy, and Sprachbund effects. This volume should be of interest not only to Austronesianists and historians of Insular Southeast Asia, but also to grammarians, typologists, historical linguists, creolists, and specialists in language contact.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Typology
Language Family(ies): Austronesian

Written In: English (eng)

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