Maori: A Linguistic Introduction (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 12, 2007 - Foreign Language Study
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Mäori, the indigenous language of New Zealand, is an endangered, minority language, with an important role in the culture and identity of the Mäori community. This comprehensive overview, first published in 2007, looks at all aspects of the Mäori language: its history, its dialects, its sounds and grammar, its current status and the efforts being made by the Mäori community and the state to ensure its survival. Central chapters provide an overall sketch of the structure of Mäori while highlighting those aspects which have been the subject of detailed linguistic analysis - particularly phonology (sound structure) and morphology (word structure). Though addressed primarily to those with some knowledge of linguistics, this book describes a language with a wealth of interesting features. It will interest anyone wishing to study the structure of a minority language, in fields as diverse as typology, sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, as well as all those interested in endangered languages and their preservation.
  

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

I have no doubt this is a superb introduction to Maori, and I have learned a great deal about the language from it, but an introduction in fact it is: I have more questions now about Maori than ... Read full review

Contents

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2 A brief history of Maori
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Austronesian
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Table 22 The Maori reflexes of the PPN consonants
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Table 28 Some subPPN innovations found in Maori
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3 Regional variation in Maori
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4 The phonology of Maori
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Table 45 Frequency of short vowels
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3150 700
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5 The morphology of Maori
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6 The syntax of Maori
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past and ai to nonpresent In the present ai is
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7 The sociolinguistic situation of Maori
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Maori Dept
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