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LINGUIST List 17.2911

Fri Oct 06 2006

Books: Language Description: van den Heuvel

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        1.    K. van den Heuvel, Biak, Description of an Austronesian Language of Papua: van den Heuvel

Message 1: Biak, Description of an Austronesian Language of Papua: van den Heuvel
Date: 03-Oct-2006
From: K. van den Heuvel <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Biak, Description of an Austronesian Language of Papua: van den Heuvel

Title: Biak, description of an Austronesian language of Papua
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2006
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl

Author: Wilco van den Heuvel, Arts Faculty of Amsterdam Free University
Electronic: ISBN: 9789078328100 Pages: 496 Price: U.S. $ free
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328100 Pages: 496 Price: Europe EURO 34.50

This work contains the first comprehensive description of the Biak
language, an Austronesian language spoken by approximately 70,000 speakers
on the island Biak and in several settlements along the northern coast and
off-shore islands of the Bird's Head peninsula of Papua, Eastern Indonesia.
The description focuses on the language as spoken in the village Wardo,
but also contains data from other villages in the area.

The study is mainly based on primary data gathered by the author during
fieldwork on Biak. It is not placed within an all-encompassing theoretical
framework, although insights from various linguistic theories are used to
support the analysis.

The Biak language is part of the South Halmahera West New Guinea subgroup
of the Austronesian family, of which only a handful have been described in
any detail. Given the close historical relation between this group and the
Oceanic languages, the present book contains valuable data for a closer
understanding of these languages.

In the area around the island Biak we find a mixture of Austronesian and
non-Austronesian (Papuan) languages. Due to the traditionally prominent
role of Biak people in trade, the language has been in contact with many
languages in the area. The present work, then, is of interest not only to
scholars of Oceanic languages or Austronesian languages in general, but
also to scholars of Papuan languages, scholars of language contact, and
those interested in the typology of language as such.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Biak (bhw)
Language Family(ies): Austronesian

Written In: English (eng )

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