North Borneo Sourcebook: Vocabularies and Functors
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286pp. January 2016
North Borneo Sourcebook: Vocabularies and Functors
Author: Lobel, Jason William;
North Borneo Sourcebook seeks to address the lack of available data for the languages of northern Borneo, where forty to fifty distinct languages are spoken in the Malaysian state of Sabah alone. While members of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) have worked in Sabah for several decades and have published articles on individual languages, until now no comprehensive survey of the languages of Sabah had been done. In addition to the languages native to Sabah, also included in this monograph are closely related Southwest Sabah languages spoken in neighboring parts of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, the Indonesian province of Kalimantan Utara, and Brunei Darussalam. The author has included 594 entries with equivalents in each of the 46 languages that represent the linguistic variation in north Borneo, along with introductory sections listing the personal pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, and case markers for each language.

This sourcebook fills a critical need by surveying the languages of a single large area of an island of Southeast Asia. Many language communities in this region are endangered and likely to disappear as functioning entities within the next generation or two; this book may be the only published record we will have of their existence. Linguists and those with an interest in Austronesian languages will appreciate the breadth and detail that illuminate the linguistic scene where before there had been only pinpoints of light.


PALI Language Texts—Southeast Asia, Pacific and Asian Linguistics Center, University of Hawai`i Series
Author: Lobel, Jason William;
Jason William Lobel completed his doctorate in linguistics in 2013 at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, where he is currently an adjunct assistant professor. His interests include historical-comparative linguistics and the documentation and description of Philippine-type languages. Over the past eighteen years, he has conducted fieldwork on over 250 Philippine and Philippine-type languages in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. At present, he is working on a grammar, dictionary, and text collection for the near-extinct Ponosakan language of Indonesia, under a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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