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A Dictionary of Mah Meri as Spoken at Bukit Bangkong

Nicole Kruspe

Publication Year: 2010

Mah Meri is an Aslian (Austroasiatic: Mon-Khmer) language spoken in scattered settlements along a section of the southwest coast of Selangor in Peninsular Malaysia. The Mah Meri are the only Aslian speakers who live in a coastal environment. Their language, which may have about 2,000 speakers, has no written language and is highly endangered. This is the first comprehensive dictionary of Mah Meri and is based on the author’s extensive field research and consultation with members of the community over the last ten years. The dialect presented here is spoken by about 600 people at Bukit Bangkong, the most southerly Mah Meri settlement. The dictionary contains around 4,000 entries, each with a phonetic transcription and translations in both English and Malay. Many entries are further complemented by illustrative examples, notes on usage, derivations, ethnographic information, and illustrations—all provide insight into the world of Mah Meri speakers. Two finder lists (English–Mah Meri and Malay–Mah Meri) are included, giving access to the intended audience of international and local scholars and community members. The volume also includes a general introduction to the Mah Meri, notes to assist the reader in using the dictionary, and a short grammatical description.

Published by: University of Hawai'i Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-

LIST OF MAPS, FIGURES, AND TABLES

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pp. viii-

PREFACE

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pp. ix-

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

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pp. x-xi

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-20

Colonial records suggest that Mah Meri was once spoken further south along the coast of the adjoining states of Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, and Johor, in areas that are now exclusively Malay speaking. Ethnohistorical records describe how the Mah Meri apparently moved north precipitated by the advance of Malays from the ...

MAH MERI — ENGLISH — MALAY

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pp. 21-290

ENGLISH — MAH MERI FINDER LIST

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pp. 291-352

MALAY — MAH MERI FINDER LIST

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pp. 353-408

REFERENCES

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pp. 409-410


E-ISBN-13: 9780824860561
Print-ISBN-13: 9780824834937

Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications

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  • Malay language -- Dictionaries -- Mah Meri.
  • English language -- Dictionaries -- Mah Meri.
  • Mah Meri language -- Dictionaries -- Malay.
  • Mah Meri language -- Dictionaries -- English.
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