Documentation of Nasal: An overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate of southwest Sumatra


Documentation of Nasal: An overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate of southwest Sumatra

Language: Nasal (ISO639-3: nsy)
Depositor: Bradley McDonnell
Location: Indonesia
Deposit Id: 0468
ELDP Id: SG0472
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
Nasal is an endangered Malayo-Polynesian isolate spoken by 3,000 speakers in southwest Sumatra. While reference to Nasal first appeared in Dutch colonial documents as early as 1887, the language only received an ISO code in 2008 and is absent from any survey of Austronesian languages in the last century. This overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate is quite simply the least documented language of Sumatra and its outer islands. This project represents the first substantial documentation of Nasal, including recordings of elicited word lists and grammatical phenomena as well as everyday conversation. A portion of these recordings are enriched with time-aligned transcriptions and translations and glosses in English and Indonesian. All of these materials were collected in July 2017.

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Bradley McDonnell
Affiliation: University of Hawaii

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