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Title: Burmese Language
Description/subject: "The Burmese language (Burmese: မြန်မာဘာသာ; pronounced [mjəmà bàðà]; MLCTS: myanma bhasa) is the official language of Burma. Although the constitution officially recognizes it as the Myanmar language,[1] most English speakers continue to refer to the language as Burmese. Burmese is the native language of the Bamar and related sub-ethnic groups of the Bamar, as well as that of some ethnic minorities in Burma like the Mon. Burmese is spoken by 32 million as a first language and as a second language by 10 million, particularly ethnic minorities in Burma and those in neighboring countries. Burmese is a tonal, pitch-register, and syllable-timed language,[2] largely monosyllabic and analytic language, with a subject–object–verb word order. It is a member of the Tibeto-Burman language family, which is a subfamily of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. The language uses the Burmese script, derived from the Old Mon script and ultimately from the Brāhmī script..."
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html (for Burmese, uses Myanmar-3 font)
Date of entry/update: 31 December 2011


Title: Burmese language evening course (London)
Description/subject: Those interested, contact Dr Justin Watkins for more information: justin.watkins@soas.ac.uk
Language: English
Source/publisher: School of Oriental and African Studies
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Language Resources
Description/subject: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Contains background information on the Burmese language, index of books and guides.
Language: English
Source/publisher: School of Oriental and African Studies
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 07 December 2010


Title: Burmese language teaching centres
Description/subject: In Australia, Burma, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, UK, USA.
Language: English
Source/publisher: SOAS
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2010


Title: Languages of Burma ဘာသာစကား Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 December 2013


Title: Learning Burmese
Description/subject: A few lessons for intermediate self-study in the Learning Burmese folder.
Author/creator: Nance Cunningham
Language: Burmese
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 November 2009


Title: Myanmar Unicode
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 31 December 2011


Title: NIU Burmese Language Page
Language: English
Source/publisher: Northern Illinois University
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Paulette Hopple's Linguistic Webpage
Description/subject: Linguistic Papers: * Topicalization in Burmese Expository Text; * Nominalization Template in Burmese; * Abstract- Nominalization in Burmese; Doctoral Dissertation – * The Structure of Nominalization in Burmese... Overview PowerPoint Presentation of Key Points of Dissertation: · Ontological Nominalization.
Author/creator: Paulette Hopple
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Summer Institute of LInguistics
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2003


Title: SEAlang Library
Description/subject: The SEAlang Library was established in 2005, with primary funding from the U.S. Department of Education's TICFIA program, and matching funds from CRCL Inc. The Library provides language reference materials for Southeast Asia, with an initial focus on the non-roman script languages used throughout the mainland. These include: - bilingual and monolingual dictionaries (linked via: D), - monolingual text corpora and aligned bitext corpora (linked via: C, B), - a variety of tools for manipulating, searching, and displaying complex scripts. .... Thai; Burmese; Khmer; Lao; Shan; Karen; Mon; Vietnamese
Language: English, Burmese, Karen, Mon, Shan etc.
Source/publisher: S. E. A .L. A. N. G.
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 09 April 2009


Title: Search results for "Myanmar" on the SIL site
Description/subject: 234 results, March 2012
Language: English
Source/publisher: SIL International
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.sil.org/sitemap.html
Date of entry/update: 04 March 2012


Title: SOAS Burmese Language Pages
Description/subject: Part 1: Burmese language study material - Introduction Learning Burmese (renamed "Myanmar" in 1989). A provisional list of study materials and teaching centres first compiled by John Okell, SOAS, London, spring 1997, and now maintained by Justin Watkins at SOAS. This list is described as "provisional" because it includes only materials and centres known to the compiler...Pages maintained by Justin Watkins: justin.watkins@soas.ac.uk
Language: English
Source/publisher: School of Oriental and African Studies
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Individual Documents

Title: Foreign influence in the Burmese language
Date of publication: 26 July 2015
Description/subject: Abstract: "Burmese has a documented history of one thousand years, and from the very first texts shows influence from foreign languages, especially in its vocabulary. Much less evidence of foreign influence is found in the grammatical structure of Burmese, though a closer look reveals some phrase structures that look rather un-Burmese and seem to be pattern replications from a non-verb-final language, such as Mon. The regular use of postpositional grammatical markers especially in the written language, probably in indigenous feature of Burmese, may have been reinforced by literary contact with Pali. Foreign elements in Burmese are important indicators of the development of the language and contact with other cultures. They not only tell us something about which cultures Burmese was in contact with, but also about the period and kind of contact. Three main sources of foreign elements in Burmese can be identified, namely early Indian (Pali and Sanskrit), early Mon, English, together with various more recent sources, including new Indo- Aryan languages, Malay, Chinese varieties, and others. This study takes the linguistic evidence, together with what is known of the history of the involved languages and peoples, to draw a picture of contact scenarios into which the Burmese language and culture entered over the past one thousand years. The Myanmar-English Dictionary by the Myanmar Language Commission (1993) identifies a large number of loan words in Burmese and indicates the source language, together with a more or less accurate transcription of the original form of the respective words, either in Burmese script (for Sanskrit, Pali, Mon, and Shan) or in Romanized transcription (for all other languages, including Hindi).".....Paper delivered at the International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015.
Author/creator: Mathias Jenny
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015
Format/size: pdf (201K)
Alternate URLs: http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th/web/Burma/home.php#
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2015


Title: Burmese Language Studies in France
Date of publication: October 2001
Description/subject: "It was probably Kinwun Mingyi's visit and embassy to Paris which revealed the existence of a far eastern country called Burma to the French public of the 1870's. Apart from the interest and curiosity King Mindon's envoy undoubtedly aroused, it seems reasonable to assert that the French scholarly interest for the field of Burmese Studies dates back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century..."
Author/creator: Marie-Helene Cardinaud
Language: English
Source/publisher: Newsletter, Issue 25, International Insittute for Asian Studies (Leiden)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Languages in Contact: The Case of English and Burmese
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: This article deals with the nature and the effects of the long period of linguistic contact between Burmese and English. Part 1 deals with general issues of contact and borrowing; part 2 provides examples of English loanwords in Burmese, and considers the processes of phonological and semantic accommodation that they reflect.
Author/creator: Julian Wheatley, San San Hnin Tun
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Journal of Burma Studies Vol. 4 (1999)
Format/size: pdf (1.4MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol4/index.shtml
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2009