In: The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (2 vols)
In: The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (2 vols)
In: The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (2 vols)
Author: Paul Sidwell

Abstract

Nicobarese is a very small branch of Austroasiatic (AA) speech that is uniquely insular in distribution, with the closest neighbours speaking varieties of Austronesian (An) and Andamanese languages. There are various typological similarities with An languages of Northern Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, in addition to various Nicobarese innovations. The typological changes are such that the unambiguous AA heritage of Nicobarese is only revealed by close examination of the basic lexical stock and oldest layers of morphology, recognized as early as 1906 by Wilhelm Schmidt. Extant literature on the poorly documented Nicobarese languages (Car, Nancowry) is synthesised to profile word-order patterns and constraints, and the marking of grammatical relations. Proto-Nicobarese is proposed to have favoured VS/VPA word order, with fronted S/A an available option.

In: Austroasiatic Syntax in Areal and Diachronic Perspective
This section of Grammars and Sketches of the World's Languages deals specifically with the languages of mainland and insular South East Asia, including but not limited to Austroasiatic, Hmong-Mien, Tai-Kadai, Tibeto-Burman, Austronesian and Andamanese.
This section of Grammars and Sketches of the World's Languages deals specifically with the languages of mainland and insular South East Asia, and is open to all language families of the area: Austroasiatic, Hmong-Mien, Tai-Kadai, Tibeto-Burman, Austronesian and Andamanese. Contributions can come from a range of sources, including: dissertations, field notes, and reworkings of extant studies. Ideally they will include a basic lexicon and appendix of glossed texts. For print volumes we prefer at least 200 printed book pages, these can include multiple short sketches forming coherent volumes. Shorter works as stand-alone publications can be presented as e-editions. Media files (images, audio, video) can be included in e-editions or as links in print volumes (subject to copyright considerations).

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In: The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (2 vols)
In: The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (2 vols)
In: The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (2 vols)
In: The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (2 vols)