New Publication on Munda languages

John Peterson jpeterso at UNI-OSNABRUECK.DE
Mon Apr 14 12:33:53 UTC 2008

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I am DELIGHTED to anounce that the following title has now been published:

The Munda Languages (Routledge Curzon Language Family Series) (Hardcover)
by Gregory D. S. Anderson (Editor)

Price: $304.31
* Hardcover: 808 pages
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 041532890X
* ISBN-13: 978-0415328906

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The Munda group of languages of the Austroasiatic family are spoken by
so-called 'tribals' in central and eastern India. They are the least
well-known and most poorly documented languages of the Indian
subcontinent. This work - unprecedented and original - draws together a
distinguished group of international experts in the field of Munda
language research, presents current assessments of a wide range of
typological and comparative-historical issues, and offers agendas for
future research. Never before has there been the real possibility of
putting together a volume such as this one, for there is now greater
interest in the Munda languages than ever before, and good descriptions of
almost all of the languages in the family can now be offered, as well as
broader studies on such topics as the typology or historical phonology of
the Munda language family, and how Munda fits in the greater South Asian
linguistic area.

The Munda language family is old in eastern and central India - older than
the Dravidian and Indo-Aryan languages now found in their territory. The
ancestor language of Proto-Munda and the cognate Mon-Khmer (Khmer-Nicobar)
languages, viz. Proto-Austroasiatic, is at least as ancient as
Proto-Indo-European, and is as important culturally and archaeologically
for Southeast Asia, South China and eastern India, as Proto-Indo-European
is for its part of the world.

The Munda Languages consists of 21 chapters, and Introductory Chapter and
a Preface. The book is divided into three parts. Part I presents
synchronic descriptions of the eleven main Munda languages. Part II offers
a range of sociolinguistic and literary/philological studies of the Munda
languages, while Part III discusses an array of typological, a real, and
comparative-historical topics in current Munda linguistics, presenting an
assessment of past successes (and failures) in these domains, the status
of current work, and suggested paths for future research.
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