Robert Blust and Jürg Schneider, eds. 2012. A world of words: Revisiting the work of Renward Brandstetter (18601942) on Lucerne and Austronesia. Frankfurter Forschungen zu Südostasien 8. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, xiii + 156 pp, plates, indexes, preface, bibliography. ISBN 978-3-447-06769-0. 34.00, paper. On June 2829, 2010, a conference was held in Lucerne to commemorate the 150th birthday of Renward Brandstetter (18601942), the first dedicated scholar of Austronesian comparative-historical linguistics. Apart from his activities in Austronesian linguistics, Brandstetter did groundbreaking work on the dialect of the Lucerne canton and was one of the foremost Swiss dialectologists around the turn of the twentieth century. He was, furthermore, involved in the study of traditional theater, literature, anthropology, classical music, and education. One of the main aims in his later life was to spread among academics and the colonial establishments his humanistic conviction that Austronesian language speakers were equal to Indo-European language speakers in their intellectual and spiritual development. The volume under review is a collection of most of the papers presented during that conference. The authors deal with different aspects of Brandstetter's life and work. Jürg Schneider gives general biographic information; Robert Blust and Walter Haas evaluate Brandstetter's linguistic contributions; Waruno Mahdi
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