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  Austronesian undressed: How and why languages become isolating

Gil, D., & Schapper, A. (Eds.). (2020). Austronesian undressed: How and why languages become isolating. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co. doi:10.1075/tsl.129.

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Gil, David1, Editor              
Schapper, Antoinette, Editor
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1Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074311              

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Free keywords: Linguistics of isolated languages; Typology; Austronesian languages; Theoretical linguistics; Historical linguistics
 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.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-102020-10
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 510 p.
 Publishing info: Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Co
 Table of Contents: Preface (p. ix - x)
Introduction (p. 1 - 8)
1. What does it mean to be an isolating language? (p. 9 - 96)
2. The loss of affixation in Cham (p. 97 - 118)
3. Dual heritage (p. 119 - 212)
4. Voice and bare verbs in Colloquial Minangkabau (p. 213 - 252)
5. Javanese undressed (p. 253 - 286)
6. Are the Central Flores languages really typologically unusual? (p. 287 - 338)
7. From Lamaholot to Alorese (p. 339 - 368)
8. Double agent, double cross? (p. 369 - 390)
9. The origins of isolating word structure in eastern Timor (p. 391 - 446)
10. Becoming Austronesian (p. 447 - 482)
11. Concluding reflections (p. 483 - 506)
Index (p. 507 - 510)
 Rev. Type: -
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1075/tsl.129
ISBN: 9789027260536
ISBN: 9789027207906
Other: shh2744
Other: PL 5047 AUS 2020
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