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Western Subanon Grammar is the first ever comprehensive description of Western Subanon, a highly endangered indigenous Austronesian minority language in the southern Philippines. Written by a native speaker and the result of intensive fieldwork, the book's 25 chapters cover the phonological, morpho-syntactic, and discourse properties of the language. Special attention is devoted to salient grammatical features of Western Subanon, including symmetrical voice, relative clauses, ellipsis, and scope. The volume also makes available numerous examples online through Kaipuleohone, the digital linguistic archive of the University of Hawaii.
A Minority South Ryukyuan Language of the Miyako Islands
Spoken on Kurima, a miniscule island in the Miyakojima municipality in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, Kurima-Miyako is a South Ryukyuan topolect, a regional variant of the Miyako language. With most fluent speakers aged 80 or older and the island’s depopulation progressing, the topolect of Kurima faces imminent extinction, a reflection of a common pattern in the Ryukyus, whereupon the vernaculars of small islands and isolated remote areas have been facing multifold minorization for decades on the part of the dominant variety/varieties of the area (Shimoji and Hirara in the case of Kurima), Okinawan, and standard Japanese. Responding to the urgent task of producing a comprehensive description while it still has native speakers, the present volume is the first ever attempt at a systemic presentation of the Kurima topolect in any language. It also uses comparative evidence from Ryukyuan and Mainland Japonic languages to provide new proto-language reconstructions and offer insights into the history of Japonic languages.
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This book combines in-depth grammatical analysis with dialectology and typology. It presents important features of Jewish Neo-Aramaic from Dohok (Iraqi Kurdistan), a previously undocumented dialect that is now on the verge of extinction. The first Neo-Aramaic grammar to offer data glossing, this book is accessible for and highly relevant to Semitists, language typologists and historical linguists. It focuses especially on phonology, verbal morphosyntax and syntax. The monograph also highlights features that characterise the wider lišana deni dialect group, which is the most widespread Jewish Neo-Aramaic today. The book leverages the staggering microvariation persisting within North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic to reconstruct the grammaticalisation of some key Neo-Aramaic constructions. It also includes a text sample of prime historiographic value (Jews of Iraq during the Second World War).
In: The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of the Jews of Dohok
In: The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of the Jews of Dohok
In: The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of the Jews of Dohok
In: The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of the Jews of Dohok
In: The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of the Jews of Dohok
In: The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of the Jews of Dohok
In: The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of the Jews of Dohok