Welcome to the 31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 31)! Thank you for joining us.
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This conference was co-organized by the UHM Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and received generous funding from the National Science Foundation, the NFLRC, and the UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).
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Wednesday, May 18 • 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Grammaticalization in Nicobarese

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In this paper I list many examples of Nicobarese grammaticalization, explore grammaticalization paths, and attempt to reconstruct the proto-Nicobarese grammatical lexicon. Despite many superficial differences, I find strong underlying parallels between Car and Nancowry grammar, indicating that the extensive history of grammaticalization in Nicobarese is quite old, likely largely pre- or proto-Nicobarese in depth.


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Paul Sidwell

Honorary Associate, The University of Sydney
I am semi-retired a researcher and consultant in linguistics. I specialize in Southeast Asian language history, particularly Austroasiatic, and as a sideline work in forensic linguistics and applied research for security and law-enforcement.

Wednesday May 18, 2022 1:40pm - 2:10pm HST
CC 307