From ancient Cham to modern dialects: two thousand years of language contact and change

Author: Graham Thurgood. 1999.

Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication No. 28. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. xvii + 407 pp

Reviewed by R. A. Blust  at : Oceanic Linguistics
Volume 39, Number 2, December 2000

31ECT0C8QAL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_As early as 192 a.d., Chinese dynastic records refer to “Lin-yi,” a powerful Indianized state that ³ourished in coastal mainland southeast Asia south of the Vietnamese in the Red River delta and north of Funan in the Mekong delta. In this groundbreaking work, Thurgood (T) documents the remarkable linguistic history of Lin-yi, better known to Western historians as Champa. A bird’s-eye view of major events in the linguistic history of Champa can be summarized roughly as follows:

(1) Somewhat over 2,000 years ago, an Austronesian-speaking population that was not yet completely differentiated from those speaking Malayic languages of western Indonesia arrived on the coast of Vietnam. Continue reading