A Grammar of South Efate: An Oceanic Language of Vanuatu
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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South Efate place people and language
Nominals and the noun phrase
Mood and aspect
Verbs and verb classes
Valency changing processes
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3sglRR=PSP:IR 3sgO 3sgRS 3sgRS=be 3sgRS=have 3sgRS=one 3sgRS=stay adjectives adverbs aliat ambitransitive verbs auxiliary verbs benefactive phrase Bislama clitic COMP complement consonant Crowley direct possessive discussed ditransitive encoded Erakor Eratap Erromango focal pronoun following examples function Havannah Harbor i=pi i=to intransitive verbs irrealis form iskei island ka=fo Kaltog kastom ke=fo ki=pe kineu knen komam language Lelepa lexical lsgRS Lynch main verb Malakula malnen marker naflak nafsan nanwei nasum natamol natkon natopu natrauswen NEG2 negation nen kin Ngunese nlaken nmatu nominal nouns object suffix occur Oceanic languages okay old.people p.name panpan pre-verbal complex predicates prefix preg PREP preposition pronominal PSP:IR realis relative clause Ririel ru=to Selwin sentence serial verb serial verb constructions South Efate speaker stative stay story subject proclitic syllable Table tefla tesa tete tetwei tiawi transitive suffix transitivizing trau Vanuatu verb stems vowel