Cambodian

Khmer

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Cambodian is in many respects a typical Southeast Asian language, whose syntax at least on first acquaintance seems to approximate that of any SVO pidgin. On closer acquaintance, however, because of the richness of its idioms, the language seems to be a forbiddingly alien form of “Desesperanto” – a language of which one can read a page and understand every word individually, and have no inkling of what the page was all about. Like many of the languages of its genetic (Austroasiatic) family, its basic root vocabulary seems to consist largely of sesquisyllabic or iambic words, although there are an enormous number of unassimilated borrowings from Indic languages (which seem to play the same role in Cambodian that Latinate borrowings do in English). Morphologically, Cambodian has a fairly elaborate system of derivational affixes, and it is possible that the genesis of many of the most common of these affixes is related to (and undoes) the constant reduction of unstressed initial syllables in sesquisyllabic words. Again like many of the languages of Southeast Asia, Cambodian exhibits in its lexicon a penchant for symmetrical decorative compounding, a phenomenon which is so marginally attested in Western languages that the phenomenon has received little attention in the typological literature.
[London Oriental and African Language Library, 16]  2011.  xix, 425 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
xv–xvii
Abbreviations
xix
1. Phonology and orthography
1–28
2. The structure of words
29–42
3. Derivational morphology and word formation
43–84
4. Symmetrical compounds
85–140
5. The conventional noun phrase
141–182
6. Indexical words
183–202
7. Clausal syntax
203–252
8. Complex verbal predicates and verbal clumps
253–300
9. Explicit clause combining
301–322
10. How do Khmer words change their meanings?: (and their syntax)
323–358
11. The parts of speech
359–374
Appendix 1. Proverbs
375–377
Appendix 2. Blood
378–383
Appendix 3. A:nji: and A:lo:
384–391
Appendix 4. Story of A:le:v
392–407
Appendix 5. The Rabbit and the Tigress
408–414
References
415–420
Index
421–425
“An impressive collection of data that will surely interest specialists, “Cambodian” will also hopefully inspire a new generation of scholars to take up the linguistic challenges of the Khmer language.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF/2GRH – Linguistics/Cambodian (Khmer)
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011025124