LINGUIST List 21.5012

Fri Dec 10 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics/Phonology: Wolff

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        1.     Deborah Homsher , Proto-Austronesian Phonology with Glossary: Wolff

Message 1: Proto-Austronesian Phonology with Glossary: Wolff
Date: 07-Dec-2010
From: Deborah Homsher <>
Subject: Proto-Austronesian Phonology with Glossary: Wolff
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Title: Proto-Austronesian Phonology with Glossary Published: 2010 Publisher: Southeast Asia Program Publications

Author: John U. Wolff Paperback: ISBN: 9780877275336 Pages: 602 Price: U.S. $ 29.95 Comment: Vol. II
Paperback: ISBN: 9780877275329 Pages: 544 Price: U.S. $ 29.95 Comment: Vol. I

This study presents the history of words in the Austronesian languages: howthe forms that are attested in the current Austronesian languages developedfrom the original Proto-Austronesian. A study of this history entails thereconstruction of the sound system (phonology) of Proto-Austronesian, anexposition of the phonological processes that motivated changes, and apresentation of the rules whereby the original sounds changed into thosefound in the currently spoken languages. The primary aim of this work is toexamine exhaustively the forms that can be reconstructed forProto-Austronesian and also for the earliest stages after the Austronesianlanguages began to spread southward from Taiwan. The purpose of this studyis not just to reconstruct protomorphemes and order the reflexes accordingto the entries under which they fit, but also to account for the history ofeach form.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Phonology
Subject Language(s): Mor (mhz)                             Motu, Hiri (hmo) Language Family(ies): Austronesian
Written In: English (eng )

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