Austronesian Undressed

How and why languages become isolating

| Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
| Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Lacito-CNRS
ISBN 9789027207906 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027260536 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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.
[Typological Studies in Language, 129]  2020.  ix, 510 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
David Gil and Antoinette Schapper
Chapter 1. What does it mean to be an isolating language? The case of Riau Indonesian
David Gil
Chapter 2. The loss of affixation in Cham: Contact, internal drift and the limits of linguistic history
Marc Brunelle
Chapter 3. Dual heritage: The story of Riau Indonesian and its relatives
David Gil
Chapter 4. Voice and bare verbs in Colloquial Minangkabau
Sophie Crouch
Chapter 5. Javanese undressed: ‘Peripheral’ dialects in typological perspective
Thomas J. Conners
Chapter 6. Are the Central Flores languages really typologically unusual?
Alexander Elias
Chapter 7. From Lamaholot to Alorese: Morphological loss in adult language contact
Marian A.F. Klamer
Chapter 8. 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
Chapter 9. The origins of isolating word structure in eastern Timor
Antoinette Schapper
Chapter 10. Becoming Austronesian: Mechanisms of language dispersal across southern Island Southeast Asia and the collapse of Austronesian morphosyntax
Mark Donohue and Tim Denham
Chapter 11. Concluding reflections
John H. McWhorter
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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