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    Historical linguistics of the languages of Sumatra, Java, the Lesser Sunda Islands, and Moken Moklen
    Adelaar, A ; Adelaar, A ; Schapper, A (Oxford University Press, 2023)
    Critical analysis of recent literature on the classification of the (non-Malay) languages of Sumatra, Java, Bali-Lombok-Sumbawa and Moken Moklen.
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    Introduction
    Adelaar, A ; Schapper, A ; Adelaar, A ; Schapper, A (Oxford University Press, 2023)
    Introduction outlining the content and structure of the book
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    Language contact in Africa
    Adelaar, A ; Adelaar, A ; Schapper, A (Oxford University Press, 2023)
    Historical overview of the contacts between Austronesian languages (Malay, Malagasy) and Bantu languages (Swahili, Comorian languages) in Eastern Africa.
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    Malayic languages
    McDonnell, B ; Wu, J ; Mckinnon, T ; Adelaar, A ; Adelaar, A ; Schapper, A (Oxford University Press, 2023)
    A typological overview of Malayic languages and dialects detailing their phonology, morphology and syntax.
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    Personal pronouns
    Adelaar, A ; Hajek, J ; Adelaar, A ; Schapper, A (Oxford University Press, 2023)
    A typological overview of the free pronouns in the Malayo-Polynesian languages of Southeast Asia and Madagascar.
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    Making “The Healing of Bali”
    Darling, S ; Reuter, T ; MacRae, G ; Lucas, A (Monash University Publishing, 2022-11)
    This collection of essays is a multifaceted portrayal of Darling's years in Bali, revealing the cultural experiences that shaped him.
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    Populism in Southeast Asia: A Vehicle for Reform or a Tool for Despots?
    Robison, R ; Hadiz, VR ; Carroll, T ; Hameiri, S ; Jones, L (Springer International Publishing, 2020)
    This chapter explains the rise of populist politics and why it takes different forms in Southeast Asia – specifically in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. We see populism as an integral part of larger conflicts over power and wealth that accompany the advance of global capitalism. The failure of governments and elites to deal with structural crises confronting their societies provides the circumstances in which populism can emerge. Populist movements are shaped by different forces and interests operating within cross-class alliances in particular contexts. This explains why populism can sometimes be a vehicle for long-supressed popular demands for the redistribution of wealth and social justice and, elsewhere, effectively protect the interests of established oligarchies by diverting such demands into a politics of identity and culture.
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    Making the past into this moment: historical memory in Taiwan
    Smith, C ; Jaivin, L ; Klein, ES ; Strange, S (ANU Press, 2022)
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    Techno-Utopias and Robots in China’s Past Futures
    Smith, C ; Franceschini, I ; Sorace, C (Verso, 2022)
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    Metaphorical Mappings of the ‘Eye’ in Chinese
    Luo, Y ; Qin, X ; Baş, M ; Kraska-Szlenk, I (Brill, 2022)
    Previous studies of body-part terms reveal that the eye as our organ of vision is a rich source domain for conceptualizing various aspects of the human mind. This chapter examines the semantic extensions of the body-part terms for ‘eyes’ and their metaphorical mappings in Chinese within the cognitive semantic framework. Linguistic evidence shows that ‘eyes’ are extensively employed in Chinese to conceptualize various human experiences which can be categorized roughly into four domains, i.e. knowledge/intellect, emotion and attitude, physical and social relationship, as well as shape and time. These metaphorical mappings are grounded on our bodily experience manifested through our interactive embodiment with the eyes. This study illustrates that while a large part of metaphorical mappings proceeds from the more concrete concepts to the more abstract concepts, there are cases where mappings overlap between concrete and abstract concepts. These findings seem to provide support for a more recent view of metaphorical mappings of the mental-as-the physical proposed by Sweetser.