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Austronesian undressed : how and why languages become isolating / edited by David Gil, Antoinette Schapper
(Typological studies in language ; volume 129)

Publisher Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company
Year c2020
Codes ID=2001790384 NCID=BC02595676

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Language English
Size viii, 510 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Introduction / David Gil and Antoinette Schapper
What does it mean to be an isolating language? The case of Riau Indonesian / David Gil
The loss of affixation in Cham : contact, internal drift and the limits of linguistic history / Marc Brunelle
Dual heritage : the story of Riau Indonesian and its relatives / David Gil
Voice and bare verbs in colloquial Minangkabau / Sophie Crouch
Javanese undressed : 'peripheral' dialects in typological perspective / Thomas J. Conners
Are the Central Flores languages really typologically unusual? / Alexander Elias
From Lamaholot to Alorese : morphological loss in adult language contact / Marian Klamer
Double agent, double cross? Or how a suffix changes nature in an isolating language : dór in Tetun Dili / Catharina Williams-van Klinken and John Hajek
The origins of isolating word structure in eastern Timor / Antoinette Schapper
Becoming Austronesian : mechanisms of language dispersal across southern Island Southeast Asia and the collapse of Austronesian morphosyntax / Mark Donohue and Tim Denham
Concluding reflections / John McWhorter
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary: "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. "
Authors Gil, David editor
Schapper, Antoinette editor
Subjects LCSH:Austronesian languages -- Dialects -- History  All Subject Search
LCSH:Austronesian languages -- Morphology  All Subject Search
LCSH:Languages in contact -- Southeast Asia  All Subject Search
LCSH:Linguistic change -- Southeast Asia  All Subject Search
LCSH:Typology (Linguistics)
Classification LCC:PL5047
Vol ISBN:9789027207906

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