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Dictionary of Mah Meri as spoken at Bukit Bangkong by Nicole Kruspe (review)

Dictionary of Mah Meri as spoken at Bukit Bangkong by Nicole Kruspe (review) Nicole Kruspe. 2010. Dictionary of Mah Meri as spoken at Bukit Bangkong. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication no. 36; Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press. xiv + 410 pp. ISBN: 978082-48-3493-7. $40.00, paper. Kruspe's Mah Meri dictionary is a welcome addition to the rather limited documentation of Aslian languages that is available in print and prepared to contemporary linguistic standards. The Aslian branch of Austroasiatic has been known to western scholars since the late 1800s, and one of the great landmarks of early Austroasiatic scholarship was a huge comparative Aslian lexicon by Skeat and Blagden (1906), which was used for comparativeanalytical work into the 1970s. However, war, decolonization, Malay nationalism, and related factors have contributed to linguists paying less attention to Aslian through the twentieth century, and Malaysian academics have tended to neglect the languages in favor of national development priorities, or have conducted documentation and analytical work at a rather low level. At the same time, since the late 1960s, there has been a core of Western scholars who have beavered away doing excellent linguistic work, but with a somewhat low profile and slow pace of publication, and this writer knows of substantial data collections that remain unpublished and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Dictionary of Mah Meri as spoken at Bukit Bangkong by Nicole Kruspe (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 54 (2) – Nov 23, 2015

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Nicole Kruspe. 2010. Dictionary of Mah Meri as spoken at Bukit Bangkong. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication no. 36; Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press. xiv + 410 pp. ISBN: 978082-48-3493-7. $40.00, paper. Kruspe's Mah Meri dictionary is a welcome addition to the rather limited documentation of Aslian languages that is available in print and prepared to contemporary linguistic standards. The Aslian branch of Austroasiatic has been known to western scholars since the late 1800s, and one of the great landmarks of early Austroasiatic scholarship was a huge comparative Aslian lexicon by Skeat and Blagden (1906), which was used for comparativeanalytical work into the 1970s. However, war, decolonization, Malay nationalism, and related factors have contributed to linguists paying less attention to Aslian through the twentieth century, and Malaysian academics have tended to neglect the languages in favor of national development priorities, or have conducted documentation and analytical work at a rather low level. At the same time, since the late 1960s, there has been a core of Western scholars who have beavered away doing excellent linguistic work, but with a somewhat low profile and slow pace of publication, and this writer knows of substantial data collections that remain unpublished and

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 23, 2015

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