Linguistics 174, pp. 101-108. © Mouton Publishers, 1976. Timothy M. Manley, Outline ofSre Structure (= Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication 12). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1972. 239pp. Manley's grammar of Sre is a most welcome addition to the still scanty literature on the Mon Khmer languages of Vietnam. It is of special interest in that it uses case grammar concepts in its theoretical model, an approach which I feel in general has great potential for the better understanding of language structures in Southeast Asia. Not least of its attractions, furthermore, is the fact that it is on the whole a very readable piece of work. Sre is one of a group of mutually intelligible dialects for which the cover term Kdho is frequently used. Sre itself is spoken by the Montagnard population in and around the Vietnamese city of Di Linh. Manley's contact with it was through working with a student at the University of Hawaii, supplemented by four months at Di Linh (9). The heart of Manley's grammar is the syntax (narrowly defined), discussed in the last three chapters. This is preceded by an introductory chapter, then chapters on phonology and "Archaic Morphological Processes". These archaic morphological
Linguistics - An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Language Sciences – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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