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Subject: Book announcement: Pacific Linguistics
From: Malcolm Ross <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Manley Julie <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 22 Dec 2009 20:25:06 +1100

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PACIFIC LINGUISTICS is happy to announce the publication of three works on Austronesian languages:

The Austronesian languages, by Robert Blust (

*Leo Tuai: A comparative lexical study of North and Central Vanuatu languages, by Ross Clark (

Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift for Robert Blust, edited by Alexander Adelaar and Andrew Pawley

The Austronesian languages 

Robert Blust

This is the first single-authored book that attempts to describe the Austronesian language family in its entirety. It includes chapters or chapter sections on: the physical and cultural background in which these languages are embedded, official and national languages, largest and smallest languages in all major geographical regions, speech levels and respect language, male/female speech differences, vituperation and profanity, secret languages, ritual languages, language contact, a survey of the sound systems of both typical and atypical languages in all major geographical regions, numerals and numeration, colour terminology, demonstratives, locatives and directions, pronouns, metaphor, language names and greetings, semantic change, lexical change, linguistics paleontology, morphology, syntax, the history of scholarship on Austronesian languages, a critical assessment of the reconstruction of Proto Austronesian phonology, a survey of types of sound change, a critical assessm!
ent of claims regarding the external relations of the Austronesian languages, subgrouping, size of the scholarly community and major centres of Austronesian scholarship, periodic meetings and periodic publications, landmarks of scholarship with regard to other language families, a survey of bibliographies of Austronesian linguistics, and an extensive list of references to the published literature. 

PL 602  2009 ISBN 9780858836020 852 pp 
Prices: Australia AUD $198.00 (incl. GST), Overseas AUD $180.00 

*Leo Tuai: A comparative lexical study of North and Central Vanuatu languages

Ross Clark

More than eighty Oceanic languages are spoken in the northern and central island of Vanuatu . This book provides the first detailed internal comparison of these languages. Several hundred cognate sets and reconstructed proto forms provide a basis for an account of the phonological history of fifteen selected languages. An argument is made for a unified origin of these languages from an ancestor not far removed from Proto Oceanic.

PL 603 297 pp 2009 ISBN 9780858836006 
Prices: Australia AUD $97.90 (incl. GST), Overseas AUD $89.00 

Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift for Robert Blust 
Alexander Adelaar and Andrew Pawley, editors

This book brings together new work on Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history to honour Robert Blust. The memoirs in Part 1 reflect on Blust's groundbreaking contributions to these fields over the last 40 years. The remaining 26 chapters contain contributions by leading Austronesianists on a wide range of topics that broadly match Blust's own research interests. The chapters in Part 2 (‘sound change') examine issues in the historical phonology of Austronesian languages. Those in Part 3 (‘grammatical change and typology') deal with morphological and syntactic reconstruction at various levels, from Proto Austronesian down . Methodological and substantive issues in the genetic classification of Austronesian languages are treated in Part 4 (‘subgrouping') and in several chapters in other sections. Chapters in Part 5 (‘culture history and lexical reconstruction') investigate ways in which the close analysis of lexicon, in conjunction with different kinds of non-linguistic evidence, can throw light on the history of Austronesian-speaking peoples.

Several chapters in the volume propose significant revisions to currently accepted reconstructions of PAn phonology and/or morphosyntax. Others focus on the historical development of languages of particular regions, including Taiwan , the Philippines , Borneo, Java, the Strait of Malacca, Sulawesi, the Moluccas, New Guinea , the Solomon Is., Vanuatu , Polynesia and Micronesia .

PL 601 2009 ISBN 9780858836013 554 pp 
Prices: Australia AUD $143.00 (incl. GST), Overseas AUD $130.00 
Orders may be placed by mail, e-mail or telephone with:

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Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

Tel: +61 (0)2 6125 3269 Fax:    +61 (0)2 6125 9975

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The Australian National University
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