Authored by: Paul Kroeger

The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

Print publication date:  November  2004
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700712861
eBook ISBN: 9780203821121
Adobe ISBN: 9781136755101


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Kimaragang is a Dusunic language spoken by approximately 10,000 people living in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia. The Dusunic family, together with Murut-Tidong, Paitanic, and Bisayan, comprise the Northeast Borneo subgroup (Wurm 1983; Smith 1984). The wider genetic classification of this stock is a debated issue which will not be discussed here (see Blust 1998 and adelaar, a historical perspective). The Dusunic languages share many lexical and phonological features with various Philippine languages; but the most striking parallels are found in morphology and syntax, where Dusunic shows a very high degree of similarity to languages of the central Philippines such as Tagalog and Cebuano.

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