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oai:sil.org:47763

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Title:Melanau and the Languages of Central Sarawak
Abstract:

The people who speak Melanau are by far the largest indigenous language group in Central Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Therefore, the various varieties of Melanau spoken along the coast and in a few enclaves along the Rajang River are of intrinsic interest. This article will explore a series of questions related to Melanau and other language communities of Central Sarawak: 1. What are the varieties of Melanau and how are they related? 2. In view of Chou’s conclusion that Bintulu is not a variety of Melanau, what is the relationship between Melanau and Bintulu? 3. How valid is the claim that Melanau and the Kajang languages form a linguistic grouping? 4. What are the relationships among the varieties of Punan and Penan? And how are Punan and Penan related to Melanau, Bintulu and the Kajang languages?

By application of the principles of the comparative method, inferences are drawn concerning sound changes that have affected various languages of Central Sarawak. These sound changes have affected the entire lexicon and have taken place over a long period of time. In recent years it has come to be recognized that the comparative method is a powerful tool for identifying linguistic relationships that significantly impact comprehension among speakers of related languages.

Contributor (author):Rensch, Calvin R.
Date (W3CDTF):2012
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/47763
Extent:100 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/47763
http://www.sil.org/resources/publications/entry/47763
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2012-011
Language:English
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):MY
Subject:Bukitan language
Bintulu language
Daro-Matu Melanau language
Kajaman language
Kanowit-Tanjong Melanau language
Lahanan language
Central Melanau language
Eastern Penan language
Punan Bah-Biau language
Western Penan language
Punan Batu 1 language
Sibu Melanau language
Sekapan language
Sian language
Ukit language
Language surveys
Subject (ISO639):bkn
bny
dro
kag
kxn
lhn
mel
pez
pna
pne
pnm
sdx
skp
spg
umi
Type (DCMI):Text

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DateStamp:  2013-04-27
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Citation: Rensch, Calvin R. 2012. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2012-011.
Terms: area_Asia area_Europe country_GB country_ID country_MY dcmi_Text iso639_bkn iso639_bny iso639_dro iso639_eng iso639_kag iso639_kxn iso639_lhn iso639_mel iso639_pez iso639_pna iso639_pne iso639_pnm iso639_sdx iso639_skp iso639_spg iso639_umi

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Country: IndonesiaMalaysia
Area: Asia


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