The Routledge Language Family Series is aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates of linguistics and language, or those with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistics anthropology and language development. With close to 100 million speakers, Tai-Kadai constitutes one of the world's major language families. The Tai-Kadai Languages provides a unique, comprehensive, single-volume tome covering much needed grammatical descriptions in the area. It presents an important overview of Thai that includes extensive cross-referencing to other sections of the volume and sign-posting to sources in the bibliography. The volume also includes much new material on Lao and other Tai-Kadai languages, several of which are described here for the first time. Much-needed and highly useful, The Tai-Kadai Languages is a key work for professionals and students in linguistics, as well as anthropologists and area studies specialists. ANTHONY V. N. DILLER is Foundation Director of the National Thai Studies Centre, at the Australian National University. JEROLD A. EDMONDSON is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas Arlington and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Scholars. YONGXIAN LUO is Senior Lecturer in the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Australian Linguistic Society.
Multi Linguis offers you small survival dictionaries of the Tai-Kadai languages. Each of them includes up to 999 elementary words and phrases. The entries are arranged by parts of speech and then by topics, not by the alphabet. The book is intended to help you try out these languages‚ spell simple broken phrases and also get some fun. Set 1 of 1 contains Lü, Lao, Thai and Zhuang. The Multi Linguis Project is based on the Wiktionary corpus and created by one person. The database of the Survival Dictionaries includes 999 lemmas (words and phrases)‚ their translations in many languages‚ transcriptions, transliterations and grammar information. The sets of dictionaries are designed in an original way to be convenient and efficient. All of them are available in epub format. Multi Linguis is presently able to publish such books for more than 200 languages. It's planned to improve them and increase their number. You can find more dictionaries in this store.
Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia
Author: N.J. Enfield
Category: Foreign Language Study
This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese. The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on semantic and grammatical change in a linguistic area, as well as representing theoretical advances in cognitive semantics. Gricean pragmatics, semantic change, grammaticalization, language contact, and areal linguistics. The book also examines how changes in the speech of individuals actually become changes in large-scale public convention, 'language contact' is reconsidered, and traditional distinctions such as that between 'internal' and 'external' linguistic mechanisms are challenged. This groundbreaking new book is for specialists in Southeast Asian linguistics as well as scholars of descriptive semantics and pragmatics, grammaticalisation, linguistic change and evolution, areal linguistics and language contact, history and linguistic anthropology.
"This book introduces the linguistic diversity of East and Southeast Asia. It contains treatments of diverse areas including: word origins, cultural key words, tones and sounds, language families and typology, key syntactic structures, writing systems and communicative style" --Provided by publisher.
This monograph describes and analyzes the syntax of classifiers and cultural taxonomy in more than 20 major languages in southern China and Southeast Asia. It provides comprehensive and in-depth data for professional linguists and rudimental knowledge for postgraduate or undergraduate majors or minors engaged in linguistics. Readers will learn how nouns are categorized in syntax and what cultural factors are involved in such a classification process. This is the first book on Kam-Tai classifiers from both syntactic and sociocultural aspects.
This third edition of Compendium of the World’s Languages has been thoroughly revised to provide up-to-date and accurate descriptions of a wide selection of natural language systems. All cultural and historical notes as well as statistical data have been checked, updated and in many cases expanded. Presenting an even broader range of languages and language families, including new coverage of Australian aboriginal languages and expanded treatment of North American and African languages, this new edition offers a total of 342 entries over nearly 2000 pages. Key features include: Complete rewriting, systematization and regularisation of the phonology sections Provision of IPA symbol grids arranged by articulatory feature and by alphabetic resemblance to facilitate use of the new phonology sections Expansion of morphology descriptions for most major languages Provision of new illustrative text samples Addition of a glossary of technical terms and an expanded bibliography Comparative tables of the numerals 1-10 in a representative range of languages, and also grouped by family Drawing upon a wealth of recent developments and research in language typology and broadened availability of descriptive data, this new incarnation of George Campbell’s astounding Compendium brings a much-loved survey emphatically into the twenty-first century for a new generation of readers. Scholarly, comprehensive and highly accessible, Compendium of the World’s Languages remains the ideal reference for all interested linguists and professionals alike.
Increased Empiricism: Recent advances in Chinese Linguistics showcases recent trends in the co-development of theory and empiricism in Chinese linguistics. The volume tackles a wide range of theoretical and empirical problems in multiple subfields including sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, lexical semantics, pragmatics, phonetics and phonology, corpus linguistics, and Chinese second language acquisition. The contributions do not fall neatly into two sections traditionally labeled “theoretical” and “empirical”. Rather, theoretical discussions are buttressed by empirical evidence, and empirical analyses lead to theoretical generalizations. Furthermore, the volume transcends the functional-formal division, showing that empiricism not only empowers functional-typological and sociolinguistic research, but can also have a place in formally oriented linguistic analysis.
This is the fourth volume of a comprehensive reference work which provides systematic descriptions of the manifestations of gender in languages of diverse areal, typological and socio-cultural affiliations. To the 30 languages already analysed in previous volumes, Vol. 4 adds another 12 languages whose gendered structures have received little or no academic attention in the past. Again, the collection includes a broad spectrum of languages: It contains languages with and without grammatical gender, a language with noun classification and a classifier language; larger national languages as well as smaller languages with minority status; and, of course, members of diverse language families, i.e. Indo-European as well as Finno-Ugrian, Iroquois, Tai-Kadai and Niger-Congo. The volume illustrates the tremendous variation found in the area of gender representation across languages. At the same time, it will provide the much-needed material required for an explicitly comparative approach to linguistic manifestations of gender.
This book presents an investigation of language contact, focusing on Northwestern China. It breaks down the barrier between human sciences and natural sciences in order to reconsider the diversity of languages on the basis of the latest research findings from genetics, linguistics, and other domains, offering valuable insights into when and how the divergence of languages and genes began and language and gene admixture and replacement occurred. The book focuses on language evolution between the border of Gansu and Qinghai Province in China, but the research doesn’t neglect the area beyond China’s northern borders. Manchu, a dying language belonging to the Tungusic group, is also studied to enhance our understanding of language replacement. This work is the result of a four-year collaboration between teams of geneticists and linguists in France and China.
How to Speak Thai. Ready to learn how to speak Thai? Then, this learning source is for you. We have all the information you need to learn how to understand and speak the language.How to Speak ThaiThai is the official language of the Kingdom of Thailand, and it is spoken by about eighty per cent of Thailand's population (about 65 million people). It is believed to be originated from somewhere around the southern part of today's China. It belongs to one of the branches of the Tai-Kadai language family. However, some linguists deem that it is rather related to Austronesian languages. It is a tonal language, which means that pronouncing a word with changing its tone, the way we say it, can bear totally different meanings. Its written form has been existing since the 13th century, and it was derived from Sanskrit and Pali scripts. Just like the Thai cuisine, the language can be divided into four dialects based on the regions of the country: southern, northern, northeastern, and central. This latter one is also called as Bangkok Thai, which is used as a standard version, and this is what you can hear or read from most media sources, and also this is what is taught in schools in Thailand.How to Learn Thai A Complete Language Learning Guide offers all the fundamentals required to learn, understand and speak Thai. Inside you'll find: IntroductionsWhat Is Inside the Book?Thai Alphabet- Consonants- Vowels- Tone MarksUseful Phrases- Saying Hello- Checking into a Hotel- Essential Stuff- Small Talk- Taking a Taxi- Asking Directions- Shopping at the Market- Eating Out- Socialising- Thai Numbers- Thai Time- Days of the Week- Months of the Year- ColorsWelcome to How to Speak ThaiWelcome to How to Learn Thai. Get comfortable and get ready to learn Thai at your own pace. In this book, you are offered everything you need to know to learn Thai as well as retain your new language.
Multi Linguis offers you а guide to dictionaries of the Learner’s and Survival Collections. The book is intended to help you learn about the Project and review its dictionaries and their structure. It contains lists of levels, themes, parts of speech and keywords used in the books as headers, as well as title languages arranged by groups and regions. The Multi Linguis Project is based on the Wiktionary corpus and created by one person. The database of the Learner's Dictionaries includes 9 000 lemmas (words and phrases)‚ their translations in many languages as well as transcriptions‚ transliterations and grammar information. All these lemmas are divided into 6 learning steps of 1500 entries each and also 150 vocabulary themes grouped in 30 super themes. They can be arranged by themes‚ steps‚ parts of speech or keywords‚ but never by the alphabet. Different types of dictionaries are offered for the same language. They are designed in an original way to be convenient and efficient. All of them are available in mobi format. Multi Linguis is presently able to publish such books for more than 70 languages. It's planned to improve them and increase their number. You can find more dictionaries in this store.
Patricia Cheesman's understanding and commitment to the textiles arts of Laos and Thailand in particular has, over the intervening years, produced a wealth of resources for the newcomer and the better informed, for the art historian and for those interested in the practical aspects of weaving and dyeing. Of course the two cannot truly be separated, but Patricia Cheesman's background as a practising crafts person illuminates her publications. When she began to write on Lao and Tai textiles, there was little available on the topic. Today there is a wealth of material--in Thai and English for those seeking to understand something of the technical and cultural foundations of arguably the region's most dynamic art form. There is, however, always a place for a publication such as this, born out of a long involvement with the textiles and their creators. As she has done before, Patricia Cheesman concentrates on bringing clarity, recognition and cultural understanding to yet another set of the region's traditional textiles in an engaging and accessible style. --from the Foreword by Robyn Maxwell, senior curator of Asian art, National Gallery of Australia
Cataloguing the World’s Endangered Languages brings together the results of the extensive and influential Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat) project. Based on the findings from the most extensive endangered languages research project, this is the most comprehensive source of accurate information on endangered languages. The book presents the academic and scientific findings that underpin the online Catalogue, located at www.endangeredlanguages.com, making it an essential companion to the website for academics and researchers working in this area. While the online Catalogue displays much data from the ELCat project, this volume develops and emphasizes aspects of the research behind the data and includes topics of great interest in the field, not previously covered in a single volume. Cataloguing the World’s Endangered Languages is an important volume of particular interest to academics and researchers working with endangered languages.
Abstract: Yoy is an endangered language of Thailand and Laos. The language belongs to the Tai-Kadai language family; however it has not yet been determined exactly which branch the language belongs to. Yoy has not been studied before and very limited resources are available regarding the classification of this language. The main objective of this thesis is to present a phonological description of Yoy by analyzing a set of 1,000 lexical items from selected speakers of the language. It also presents the grammar sketch which includes a description of word structure and syntactic structure of the language. The sketch structure of the grammar partially follows the outline of the language description from Grammar of Lao by Enfield.