A Descriptive Grammar of Merei (Vanuatu)
The Merei language is spoken by about four hundred people in the villages of Angoru, Navele, Tombet and Vusvogo in the interior of Espiritu Santo Island , Vanuatu . Merei, like most other languages from the interior of Espiritu Santo , has not previously been described. Merei is an SVO language with many typical Oceanic features such as a split between alienable and inalienable possession and frequent verb serialisation. Morphological structure is relatively simple, but bi-morphemic nouns are common. The language is rigidly head-marking and prepositional. This work is mainly based on language data collected by the author in Navele village in Espiritu Santo Island of Vanuatu, where he lived from May 1995 until March 1997.
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A:C chicken aspect markers Austronesian Austronesian language balein Bislama Central Vanuatu Central Vanuatu languages clause structure clitics complex noun phrases compounding dependent clause direct possessive Edmond Espiritu Santo Espiritu Santo Island function gamau go.home go.up grammar ia tese IMP.TR independent pronoun intransitive irrealis Jeremiah John Mark knife Lametin lepne Linguistics locational adverbs Lynch mamasa marakir Merei language morpheme negative nominal argument nominal modifying Northern Vanuatu noun head noun phrase object Oceanic languages Pawley peripheral arguments person singular phonemes phrase structure Pita plural possessive construction postclitic prepositional phrase presupposition preverbal pronominal suffix Proto Proto Austronesian realis reduplication Relative clauses sava sei-na semantic serial verb serialisation Shadrack speaker speaker-hearer reference speech-3P stative verb subject pronouns syllable Table Tale-ra tara tato temporal third person Tiale transitive verbs Tryon typical Oceanic varai verb phrase Verbal clauses Vila village voro vowel word lists young.child zero morpheme