LINGUIST List 32.3793

Sun Dec 05 2021

Books: The Language and Folklore of West Sakhalin Ainu: Dal Corso

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Date: 22-Nov-2021
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Subject: The Language and Folklore of West Sakhalin Ainu: Dal Corso
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Title: The Language and Folklore of West Sakhalin Ainu
Subtitle: A Re-edition of Murasaki Kyōko’s ‘Karafuto Ainugo’ with translation and grammatical notes
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 95
Published: 2021
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

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Author: Elia Dal Corso
Electronic: ISBN: 9783969390795 Pages: 596 Price: Europe EURO 228

Originally published in Japanese in 1976 as Karafuto Ainugo – Shiryō (The Ainu language of Karafuto – Materials), the corpus of folktales and conversations that constitutes this volume is to date one of the few resources on the extinct Sakhalin (Karafuto) variety of Ainu (isolate). Together with the corpus of texts, the sketch grammar Karafuto Ainugo – Bunpō (The Ainu language of Karafuto – Grammar), that appeared in 1979, illustrates the language of Haru Fujiyama and Yuk Ōta, who were two of the last native speakers of Sakhalin Ainu born on the Sakhalin west coast. This publication presents a re-edition of both Karafuto Ainugo volumes for the first time in English. All folktales and conversations have been re-transliterated on the basis of the original audios and the texts come with interlinear linguistic glosses, notations, and English translation. The section of the book dedicated to grammatical notes has been fully restructured, with respect to the 1979 original, to discuss the phonology, morphosyntax, and semantics of West Sakhalin Ainu, with a specific focus on nominal and verbal morphosyntax. The book will be of interest to specialists in the Ainu language as well as to readers interested in endangered languages, folklore, morphosyntax, and language typology.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Ainu (ain)

Written In: English (eng)

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