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The Aesthetics of Grammar
Sound and Meaning in the Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia

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Jeffrey P. Williams, Paul Sidwell, Geoffrey Benjamin, John Haiman, Marc Brunelle, Lê Thi Xuyến, Justin Watkins, Håkan Lundström, Thomas John Hudak, James N. Stanford, Wilaiwan Khanittanan, Martha Ratliff; Lap M. Siu, Tam Nguyen, David A. Peterson, Julian K. Wheatley, Alice Vittrant, Inga-Lill Hansson
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  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107007123

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  • The languages of mainland Southeast Asia evidence an impressive array of elaborate grammatical resources, such as echo words, phonaesthetic words, chameleon affixes, chiming derivatives, onomatopoeic forms, ideophones and expressives. Speakers of these languages fashion grammatical works of art in order to express and convey emotions, senses, conditions and perceptions that enrich discourse. This book provides a detailed comparative overview of the mechanisms by which aesthetic qualities of speech operate as part of speakers' grammatical knowledge. Each chapter focuses on a different language and explores the grammatical information of a number of well- and lesser-known languages from mainland Southeast Asia. It will be of great interest to syntacticians, morphologists, linguistic anthropologists, language typologists, cognitive scientists interested in language, and instructors of Southeast Asian languages.

    • Proposes a new view of the category of 'expressives' in natural languages, focusing on the languages of mainland Southeast Asia
    • Provides a comparative overview of mechanisms by which aesthetic qualities of speech are part of grammatical knowledge
    • Presents grammatical information on a number of lesser-known languages from mainland Southeast Asia
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    Advance Praise: "A ground-breaking introduction to an important, long-neglected phenomenon. The descriptive and theoretical problems posed by expressive systems are a serious challenge for the next generation of linguists, and scholars seeking to engage this challenge will begin with this volume." --Scott DeLancey, University of Oregon

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107007123
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 2 maps 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Jeffrey P. Williams
    Part I. Austro-Asiatic:
    2. Expressives in Austro-Asiatic Paul Sidwell
    3. Aesthetic elements in Temiar grammar Geoffrey Benjamin
    4. Decorative morphology in Khmer John Haiman
    5. Why is sound symbolism so common in Vietnamese? Marc Brunelle and Lê Thi Xuyến
    6. Grammatical aesthetics in Wa Justin Watkins
    7. Beautifying techniques in Kammu vocal genres Håkan Lundström
    Part II. Tai-Kadai:
    8. Proverbs, proverbial elaboration, and poetic development in the Tai languages Thomas John Hudak
    9. Lexicalized poetry in Sui James N. Stanford
    10. Attitudes towards aesthetic aspects of Thai grammar Wilaiwan Khanittanan
    Part III. Hmong-Mien:
    11. White Hmong reduplicative expressives Martha Ratliff
    Part IV. Austronesian:
    12. The aesthetics of Jarai echo morphology Lap M. Siu and Jeffrey P. Williams
    13. Expressive forms in Bih – a Highland Chamic language of Vietnam Tam Nguyen
    Part V. Tibeto-Burman:
    14. Aesthetic aspects of Khmui grammar David A. Peterson
    15. Delight in sound: Burmese patterns of euphony Julian K. Wheatley
    16. Psycho-collocational expressives in Burmese Alice Vittrant
    17. Grammatical aesthetics of ritual texts in Akha Inga-Lill Hansson.

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    Jeffrey P. Williams, Texas Tech University
    Jeffrey P. Williams is Professor of Anthropology and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University.

    Contributors

    Jeffrey P. Williams, Paul Sidwell, Geoffrey Benjamin, John Haiman, Marc Brunelle, Lê Thi Xuyến, Justin Watkins, Håkan Lundström, Thomas John Hudak, James N. Stanford, Wilaiwan Khanittanan, Martha Ratliff; Lap M. Siu, Tam Nguyen, David A. Peterson, Julian K. Wheatley, Alice Vittrant, Inga-Lill Hansson

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