UEber die Kawi-sprache auf der Insel Java

UEber die Kawi-sprache auf der Insel Java

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Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835) was a German philologist, diplomat and philosopher. While Minister of Education he was responsible for reforming the Prussian education system. His pioneering achievements in linguistics influenced many later scholars including Chomsky. Written in 1830-3, this monumental three-volume study of Kawi, a traditional formal and literary language of Java belonging to the Austronesian language family, was published posthumously in 1836-9. The manuscript was prepared for the press by J. K. E. Buschmann, a protege of Humboldt's friend and colleague Bopp, whose work is also reissued in this series. Humboldt considered Kawi, which includes many Sanskrit loan-words, to be the common ancestor of all the Malayo-Polynesian languages, though this view is no longer accepted. Volume 2 analyses the roots and grammatical structures of Kawi as attested in religious texts and heroic epics, and provides cross-linguistic data to demonstrate its relationship with other languages of the region.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 638 pages
  • 169.93 x 244.09 x 33.02mm | 1,020.58g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • German
  • 28 tables
  • 1108031544
  • 9781108031547

Table of contents

Vorwort; Zweites Buch. UEber die Kawi-Sprache; Drittes Buch. UEber den Malayischen Sprachstamm: Erster Abschnitt. Stammverwandtschaft der Malayischen Sprachen; Zweiter Abschnitt. Betrachtung der einzelnen Sprachen des Stammes, besonders der im engeren Sinne Malayisch genannten oder des westlichen Zweiges.
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