Presents typological overview of the languages of Mainland Southeast Asia (MSEA), covering present-day Cambodia, Laos, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, China South of the Yangtze River, seven states of Northeast India, and Insular Southeast Asia. Explains basic structural features of MSEA languages in the context of traditional linguistic typology, including relative order of phrasal elements. Studies sounds and sound systems in MSEA and principles of word formation. Surveys the main forms and structures that speakers of MSEA languages use for formulating reference to persons, places, and things and verbs, and their role and status in the structure of clauses, with special attention to the MSEA-wide phenomenon of serial verb constructions.
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