Ponapean reference grammar
University Press of Hawaii, 1981 - Foreign Language Study - 393 pages
Here is the most comprehensive description to date of the indigenous language of the island of Ponape. Designed as a reference volume for Ponapean educators, particularly those working in bilingual education programs, this work will also be of value to English-speaking students of Ponapean and to scholars of other Pacific languages and cultures.The grammar begins with useful background information on Ponape and Ponapean and then systematically explores the phonology, morphology, and syntax of this language. Separate treatment is given to Ponapean honorific speech styles. Also included are an appendix of current Ponapean spelling conventions and a bibliography of selected books and articles useful in the study of this language.This new work is a companion volume to the Ponapean-English Dictionary by the same authors.
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The Sound System of Ponapean
Their Structure and Function
Nouns and Noun Phrases
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adjectives allomorphs alternate basic sentence breadfruit canoe classes coconut combining forms consider consonants construct suffix counting system deleted demonstrative modifiers directional suffixes discussion doadoahk durative aspect ehng eisek emen employed enclitics English examined in section Examples follow examples illustrate final base vowel final vowel fish focused following examples following sentences free forms function glide grammar honorific speech infinitive clauses intransitive kili kohdo kohla Kolonia lahpo language Limwei listed locative noun locative phrases meaning mehnia Micronesian languages Mokilese morpheme mwenge noun phrase numeral classifiers occur ohlo pahn patterns person singular forms pheme Pingelapese plural Pohnpei Ponape position possessive classifiers possessive construction possessive suffixes preceding prefix preposition pwihk pwutak reduplication relative clause riau roots sentence adverbs silimen sohte Soulik sound speakers of Ponapean spelling subject pronouns temporal nouns temporal phrases third person singular transitive form transitive verbs translated types usage verb phrase verbal sentences verbal suffixes wahdo words