Some 800 Austronesian languages are spoken within the zone extending from Madagascar to jap Indonesia and to the north to Taiwan and the Philippines. they range drastically in nearly each attainable appreciate, together with the dimensions and social makeup of the speech groups and their typological profiles. This booklet is designed to function a reference paintings and in-depth advent to those languages, supplying a resource of uncomplicated details for linguists and different pros excited about this region. It highlights the cultural and linguistic range of this workforce of languages whereas while keeping an eye on their universal heritage.
Five introductory articles on linguistic background, language politics, language endangerment, ritual speech and distinctive registers, and significant typological positive aspects have the full sector of their scope and supply a balanced and updated dialogue of the main concerns. The middle of the amount involves grammatical sketches of twenty languages plus 3 chapters facing diversified elements of Malay (Old Malay, Malayic types and Colloquial Indonesian), representing a very good cross-section of the linguistic range present in the area.
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