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The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

1st Edition

Edited by K Alexander Adelaar, Nikolaus Himmelmann


864 pages

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Some 800 Austronesian languages are spoken in the area extending from Madagascar to eastern Indonesia and to the north to Taiwan and the Philippines. They vary greatly in almost every possible respect, including the size and social make-up of the speech communities and their typological profiles. This book is designed to serve as a reference work and in-depth introduction to these languages, providing a source of basic information for linguists and other professionals concerned with this area. It highlights the cultural and linguistic diversity of this group of languages while at the same time keeping track of their common heritage.

Five introductory articles on linguistic history, language politics, language endangerment, ritual speech and special registers, and major typological features have the entire area in their scope and provide a balanced and up-to-date discussion of the major issues. The core of the volume consists of grammatical sketches of twenty languages plus three chapters dealing with different aspects of Malay (Old Malay, Malayic varieties and Colloquial Indonesian), representing a good cross-section of the linguistic diversity found in the area.

Table of Contents

1. The Austronesian languages of Asia and Madagascar: A historical perspective - K. Alexander Adelaar

2. Language shift and endangerment - Margaret Florey

3. Colonial history and language policy in Insular Southeast Asia and Madagascar - Hein Steinhauer

4. Ritual languages, special registers and speech decorum in Austronesian languages - James J. Fox

5. The Austronesian languages of Asia and Madagascar: Typological characteristics - Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

6. Old Malay - Waruno Mahdi

7. Structural Diversity in the Malayic subgroup - K. Alexander Adelaar

8. Colloquial Indonesian - Michael C. Ewing

9. Tsou - Elizabeth Zeitoun

10. Seediq - Naomi Tsukida

11. IIoko - Carl Rubino

12. Tagalog - Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

13. Sama (Bajau) - Jun Akamine

14. Kimaragang - Paul Kroeger

15. Belait - Adrian Clynes

16. Malagasy - Janie Rasoloson & Carl Rubino

17. Phan Rang Cham - Graham Thurgood

18. Moken and Moklen - Michael D. Larish

19. Karo Batak - Geoff Woollams

20. Nias - Lea Brown

21. Javanese - Alexander K. Ogloblin

22. Buol - Erik Zobel

23. Makassar - Anthony Jukes

24. Mori Bawah - David Mead

25. Kambera - Marian Klamer

26. Tetun and Leti - Aone van Engelenhoven & Catharina Williams-van Klinken

27. Taba - John Bowden

28. Biak - Hein Steinhauer

About the Editors

Alexander Adelaar is Associate Professor and Reader in Indonesian at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His main publications are on Austronesian historical and descriptive linguistics, especially Malay varieties, Malagasy, languages of West Borneo and Siraya (Taiwan).

Nikolaus P. Himmelmann was previously Professor and Chair at the Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat, Germany. He has done fieldwork in the Philippines (Tagalog), Sulawesi (Tomini-Tolitoli languages) and East Timor (Waima'a) and published widely on a number of core issues in Austronesian grammar, including the nature of lexical and syntactic categories and voice.

About the Series

Routledge Language Family Series

Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General