A Grammar of South Efate: An Oceanic Language of Vanuatu

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University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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This book presents topics in the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of Central Vanuatu as spoken in Erakor village on the outskirts of Port Vila. It is one of the first such grammars to take seriously the provision of primary data for the verification of claims made in the analysis. The research is set in the context of increasing attention being paid to the state of the world's smaller languages and their prospects for being spoken into the future. In addition to providing an outline of the grammar of the language, the author describes the process of developing an archivable textual corpus that is used to make example sentences citable and playable, using software (Audiamus) developed in the course of the research. An included DVD provides a dictionary and finderlist, a set of interlinearized example texts and elicited sentences, and playable media versions of most example sentences and of the example texts.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
South Efate place people and language
12
Phonology
45
Word classes
74
Nominals and the noun phrase
103
Mood and aspect
149
Verbs and verb classes
171
Valency changing processes
196
Verb combinations
221
The verb complex
243
Simple sentences
267
Complex sentences
290
AppendixTexts in South Efate
331
notes
367
Index
381
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