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Geoffrey Benjamin

Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Institute of Chinese Linguistics



Geoffrey Benjamin

General Studies Unit, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Temiar Verbal Morphology: a Naturalistic Perspective

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Date: 2nd December 2002 (Monday)

Venue: B7603 (CTL Multi-purpose Room), City University of Hong Kong


The author's account (1976) of the grammar of Temiar (a Mon-Khmer language of Peninsular Malaysia) has occasioned a growing secondary literature concerned with the formal morphological analysis of its complex patterns of prefixation, infixation and reduplication. In this presentation, I shall comment only briefly on these later morphological studies. Instead, I shall (a) offer a revised paradigm of Temiar verbal inflection, and (b) suggest that this can be understood more straightforwardly by treating the associated morphological patterns as the iconic encodings of various meanings that matter to Temiar speakers.

About the Speaker

Geoffrey Benjamin is currently Associate Professor in the General Studies Unit at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has previously held positions in Sociology at the National University of Singapore and in Prehistory & Anthropology at the Australian National University. Since completing his PhD thesis on Temiar Religion at Cambridge University in 1967, he has continued to research in the fields of religion, social organisation, language (including linguistics) and socio-cultural theory, with special attention to the Malay World and Southeast Asia. His published linguistic works include studies of the Mon-Khmer (Aslian) languages of Peninsular Malaysia and of the relations between grammar and the sociocultural framework in different varieties of Malay.
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