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Siraya: Retrieving the phonology, grammar and lexicon of a dormant Formosan language by Alexander Adelaar (review)

Siraya: Retrieving the phonology, grammar and lexicon of a dormant Formosan language by Alexander... Alexander Adelaar. 2011. Siraya: Retrieving the phonology, grammar and lexicon of a dormant Formosan language. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. 413 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-025295-8. 129,95 / $182.00, hard cover. Of the 25 or so indigenous languages of Taiwan, those of the west coast, probably among the earliest to separate from Proto-Austronesian (PAN), have largely died out in the past couple of centuries under the impact of Chinese penetration. Siraya, once spoken in southwest Taiwan in the region of present-day Tainan and Kaohsiung, became extinct-- Adelaar writes "dormant" so as not to preempt attempts at reviving it by descendants of Siraya speakers--in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. Seventeenth-century Dutch missionary sources are particularly extensive and important for Siraya and its northern neighbor Favorlang due to the presence on parts of west Taiwan of the Dutch Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (East India Company) between 1624 and 1661, and the opening of these regions to proselytizing by Dutch Calvinist missionaries invited by the Compagnie (historical background recounted by Adelaar on pp. 813). After 1895, Japanese linguists were able to collect fragmentary word lists from the last Siraya speakers (now available in Li and Toyoshima 2006), but the bulk of our documentation, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Siraya: Retrieving the phonology, grammar and lexicon of a dormant Formosan language by Alexander Adelaar (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 52 (2)

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Alexander Adelaar. 2011. Siraya: Retrieving the phonology, grammar and lexicon of a dormant Formosan language. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. 413 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-025295-8. 129,95 / $182.00, hard cover. Of the 25 or so indigenous languages of Taiwan, those of the west coast, probably among the earliest to separate from Proto-Austronesian (PAN), have largely died out in the past couple of centuries under the impact of Chinese penetration. Siraya, once spoken in southwest Taiwan in the region of present-day Tainan and Kaohsiung, became extinct-- Adelaar writes "dormant" so as not to preempt attempts at reviving it by descendants of Siraya speakers--in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. Seventeenth-century Dutch missionary sources are particularly extensive and important for Siraya and its northern neighbor Favorlang due to the presence on parts of west Taiwan of the Dutch Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (East India Company) between 1624 and 1661, and the opening of these regions to proselytizing by Dutch Calvinist missionaries invited by the Compagnie (historical background recounted by Adelaar on pp. 813). After 1895, Japanese linguists were able to collect fragmentary word lists from the last Siraya speakers (now available in Li and Toyoshima 2006), but the bulk of our documentation,

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