Kokota Grammar

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University of Hawaii Press, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 422 pages
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This work describes the grammar of Kokota, a highly endangered Oceanic language of the Solomon Islands, spoken by about nine hundred people on the island of Santa Isabel. After several long periods among the Kokota, Dr. Palmer has written an unusually detailed and comprehensive description of the language. Kokota has never before been described, so this work makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the Oceanic languages of island Melanesia.

Kokota Grammar examines the phonology of the language and includes a lengthy section on stress assignment. It continues with chapters on nouns and noun phrases, minor participant types, possession, argument structure, the verb complex, clause structure, imperative and interrogative constructions, and subordination and coordination (including verb serialization).

The typological interest of Kokota, along with its degree of endangerment and the paucity of information on Northwest Solomonic languages in general, combined with the level of detail given in the volume, make this a work of considerable interest to Austronesian linguists, typologists, syntacticians, phonologists, and all who are involved in describing and documenting endangered languages.

 

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Contents

LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES
4
PHONOLOGY
5
7 VOWEL PHONEMES
14
12 ATTESTED NONLOAN ONSET CLUSTERS
21
13 TRIMORAIC TRISYLLABLES BY HISTORICAL
36
NOUN PHRASES
63
1 SUBJECTINDEXING
67
7 NUMERAL ROOTS
86
POSSESSION
141
ARGUMENT STRUCTURE
171
l PREVERBAL ARGUMENT AGREEMENT
173
3 VERB FORM AND ARGUMENTINDEXING FOR MOST
195
THE VERB COMPLEX
233
CLAUSE STRUCTURE
273
IMPERATIVES AND INTERROGATION
331
COMPLEX SENTENCES
349

11 VERBS OF EXISTENTIAL STATUS
98
OBLIQUES AND CLAUSELEVEL ADJUNCTS
123
KOKOTA ABSOLUTE DIRECTIONAL SCHEMA
134
ILLUSTRATIVE TEXT
407
REFERENCES
415
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