The Lexicon of Proto-Oceanic: The Culture and Environment of Ancestral Oceanic Society. The physical environment. Volume 2, Volume 2

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ANU E Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 399 pages
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This is the second in a series of five volumes on the lexicon of Proto Oceanic, the ancestor of the Oceanic branch of the Austronesian language family. Each volume deals with a particular domain of culture and/or environment and consists of a collection of essays each of which presents and comments on lexical reconstructions of a particular semantic field within that domain. Volume 2 examines how Proto Oceanic speakers described their geophysical environment. An introductory chapter discusses linguistic and archaeological evidence that locates the Proto Oceanic language community in the Bismarck Archipelago in the late 2nd millennium BC. The next three chapters investigate terms used to denote inland, coastal, reef and open sea environments, and meteorological phenomena. A further chapter examines the lexicon for features of the heavens and navigational techniques associated with the stars. How Proto Oceanic speakers talked about their environment is also described in three further chapters which treat property terms for describing inanimate objects, locational and directional terms, and terms related to the expression of time.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Locating Proto Oceanic
17
3 The landscape
35
4 The seascape
91
5 Meteorological phenomena
119
6 Navigation and the heavens
155
7 Properties of inanimate objects
193
terms of location and direction
229
9 Time
295
Data sources and collation
339
Languages
343
References
367
Index
389
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