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A short morphology, phonology and vocabulary of Kiput, Sarawak (review)

A short morphology, phonology and vocabulary of Kiput, Sarawak (review) Robert Blust. 2003. A short morphology, phonology and vocabulary of Kiput, Sarawak. PL 546. Canberra: Paci²c Linguistics. vii + 102 pp. ISBN: 0-85883-536-3. Aus$31.50, paper. With this work the author continues a series of sketch phonologies and morphologies of Sarawak languages begun with Blust (1977) and (1988). This volume differs from the previous two both in format and in including, in addition to the descriptive sketch, discussion of features of interest to phonological theory. It is based on ²eldwork carried out in 1971 as part of a larger project to collect comparative data on "over 40 language communities in northwest Borneo," the immediate result of which was the author's dissertation (Blust 1974). The briefness of the time spent gathering data on Kiput--"no more than 20­25 hours collection time," with no opportunity for further visits--shows and limits the quality of the description in various ways, as the author acknowledges. The data are then at times uneven, and some analyses are controversial. Still, in a very short time Blust was able to gather an enviable amount of information, and on a language that is no doubt endangered. The publication is therefore welcome, adding as it does to our meager knowledge http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

A short morphology, phonology and vocabulary of Kiput, Sarawak (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 45 (1) – Feb 8, 2006

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Robert Blust. 2003. A short morphology, phonology and vocabulary of Kiput, Sarawak. PL 546. Canberra: Paci²c Linguistics. vii + 102 pp. ISBN: 0-85883-536-3. Aus$31.50, paper. With this work the author continues a series of sketch phonologies and morphologies of Sarawak languages begun with Blust (1977) and (1988). This volume differs from the previous two both in format and in including, in addition to the descriptive sketch, discussion of features of interest to phonological theory. It is based on ²eldwork carried out in 1971 as part of a larger project to collect comparative data on "over 40 language communities in northwest Borneo," the immediate result of which was the author's dissertation (Blust 1974). The briefness of the time spent gathering data on Kiput--"no more than 20­25 hours collection time," with no opportunity for further visits--shows and limits the quality of the description in various ways, as the author acknowledges. The data are then at times uneven, and some analyses are controversial. Still, in a very short time Blust was able to gather an enviable amount of information, and on a language that is no doubt endangered. The publication is therefore welcome, adding as it does to our meager knowledge

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 8, 2006

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