Notational Conventions for Austroasiatic Linguistics

The following list of notational conventions (based on the Leipzig Glossing Rules) was specified for the Brill Austroasiatic Handbook, and is strongly recommended for authors presenting descriptive or analytical work on AA languages (and SEAsian linguistics in general).

Lexical items functioning as grammatical markers should be glossed with their lexical form if the connection is synchronically transparent. If possible, a one-to-one correspondence is preferable. If a verb meaning ‘give’ is also used as causative (permissive/jussive) and/or benefactive marker, the consistent use of the gloss ‘give’ tells more about the structure of the language than a gloss like CAUS or BEN. The function in each example should be evident from the translation. If a morpheme is fully lexicalised, the gloss should reflect this.

If you use glosses that would usefully expand this list, please write to Mathias Jenny or Paul Sidwell to discuss.