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dc.contributor.authorKlamer, Marian 23:55:55 10:19:03
dc.identifierOCN: 1030814087
dc.description.abstractThe Alor-Pantar family constitutes the westernmost outlier group of Papuan (Non-Austronesian) languages. Its twenty or so languages are spoken on the islands of Alor and Pantar, located just north of Timor, in eastern In- donesia. Together with the Papuan languages of Timor, they make up the Timor-Alor-Pantar family. The languages average 5,000 speakers and are under pressure from the local Malay variety as well as the national lan- guage, Indonesian. This volume studies the internal and external linguistic history of this interesting group, and showcases some of its unique typological features, such as the preference to index the transitive patient-like argument on the verb but not the agent-like one; the extreme variety in morphologi- cal alignment patterns; the use of plural number words; the existence of quinary numeral systems; the elaborate spatial deictic systems involving an elevation component; and the great variation exhibited in their kinship systems. Unlike many other Papuan languages, Alor-Pantar languages do not ex- hibit clause-chaining, do not have switch reference systems, never suffix subject indexes to verbs, do not mark gender, but do encode clusivity in their pronominal systems. Indeed, apart from a broadly similar head-final syntactic profile, there is little else that the Alor-Pantar languages share with Papuan languages spoken in other regions. While all of them show some traces of contact with Austronesian languages, in general, borrow- ing from Austronesian has not been intense, and contact with Malay and Indonesian is a relatively recent phenomenon in most of the Alor-Pantar region.
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dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::2 Language qualifiers::2P Oceanic & Austronesian languages::2PC Papuan languages
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::C Language::CF linguistics
dc.subject.otheralor-pantar languages
dc.subject.othercomparative linguistics
dc.subject.otherpapuan languages
dc.subject.othernumeral systems
dc.subject.otherAbui language
dc.subject.otherAdang language
dc.subject.otherAlor–Pantar languages
dc.subject.otherBlagar language
dc.subject.otherParallel and cross cousins
dc.subject.otherTeiwa language
dc.subject.otherWersing language
dc.subject.otherWestern Pantar language
dc.subject.otherWoisika language
dc.titleThe Alor-Pantar languages: History and typology

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