KITLV Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 468 pages
"Leti is spoken on the island with the same name near the Indonesian-East Timorese border. This small Austronesian language became known among linguists for the complex patterns of metathesis permeating its entire grammar." "Besides little discussed topics, like its intricate deictic system and lexical parallelism, this book provides information on intriguing features of the Leti language that remained undescribed, such as singing, naming, storytelling and the semantics of the indexer clitic." "A complete version of the Sailfish myth that underlies the structures of all Southwest Malukan island communities has been added. The entire text is provided with interlinear glosses. All lexical items in the text and in the description have been inserted in a wordlist together with all lexical parallels." "Being the first exhaustive study of a Southwest Malukan language, this description is a valuable contribution to the topological study of East Indonesia and East Timor and to Austronesian linguistics. The abundance of examples makes it of interest also for linguists with a theoretical orientation in phonology, syntax and semantics. The 'insider's perspective' approach provides essential information for students of ethnolinguistics and oral traditions in the region."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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The island of Leti and its people
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3sg-say=DEX 3sg-with A-and-M aanne adverbs allomorph apocope atelic atelic reduplication attested attitudinal deictics bivalent brother clan ruler clan-ruler clauses clitic complement consonant constituents construction core dative dative object deverbal DIR3 directive marker dynamic verbs ea=de encoded endophora endophoric Engelenhoven entity event example exemplified existential clauses feature function geminate goASEQ high vowel human plural ida=e indexer inflection kaati kapaati kbkkbi Kisar laApo lapo leta Leti Island lexical pair lexical parallel lplinc Luang maanu Malay marked marna metathesis mid vowels miiani monovalent morpheme n-ela n-vena=e n6mma=e n6ramma=e na=e naana naani nasal Nbmme Nbramme nominal non-human noun nvene oblique object one=DEX parallel name participant person deictic phonotactic phrase Piiate possessive suffix precore predicate pronominal object pronominal prefix pronouns reduplication referent Roma Island rvene sail signals slot SML=DEX speech spou SQ1=DEX subject clitic subject marker t6tpo Table Timor Tomra topic Tutukei verbal head verbs village