Malayo-Sumbawan languages

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Malayo-Sumbawan
Geographic
distribution:
Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Vietnam, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara
Linguistic classification: Austronesian
Subdivisions:
Glottolog: mala1536[1]
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The Malayo-Sumbawan languages
The languages in Cambodia, Vietnam, Hainan, and the northern tip of Sumatra are Aceh–Chamic languages (purple). The Ibanic languages (orange) are found mostly inland in western Borneo, perhaps the homeland of the Malayic peoples, and across Sarawak. The Malayan languages (dark red) range from central Sumatra, across Malaya, and throughout coastal Kalimantan. Sundanese (pink), Madurese (ocher), and the Bali–Sasak languages (green) are found in and around Java.

The Malayo-Sumbawan languages are a group of languages identified by Adelaar (cit. Adelaar & Himmelmann 2005) that unites the Malayic and Chamic languages with the languages of Java and the western Lesser Sunda Islands, except for Javanese itself. If valid, it would be the largest demonstrated family of Malayo-Polynesian outside Oceanic.

Javanese has similarities with Balinese and Sasak of the Lesser Sundas, which several classifications have taken as evidence for a relationship between them. However, the similarities are specifically with the "high" social registers (formal language / royal speech) of Balinese and Sasak; when the "low" register (commoner speech) is considered, the connections of Bali and Sasak appear to be with Madurese and Malay rather than with Javanese. Thus Balinese and Sasak are included in Malayo-Sumbawan, while Javanese is excluded. This is somewhat similar to the situation with English, where more 'refined' vocabulary suggests a connection with French, but basic language demonstrates its relationship to German.

Classification[edit]

According to Adelaar (2005), the composition of the family is as follows:[2]

Malayo-Sumbawan

Javanese is specifically excluded; the connections between Javanese and Bali–Sasak are restricted to the 'high' register, and disappear when the 'low' register is taken as representative of the languages. Moken is also excluded.

Sundanese appears to share sound changes specifically with Lampungic, but Lampungic does not fit into Adelaar's Malayo-Sumbawan.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Malayo-Sumbawan". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Adelaar, Alexander. 2005. Malayo-Sumbawan. Oceanic Linguistics, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Dec., 2005), pp. 357-388.
  3. ^ Karl Andebeck, 2006. 'An initial reconstruction of Proto-Lampungic'