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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3sg-say=DEX A-and-M aanne adjective adverbs allomorph alveolar apocope Atelic reduplication attested attitudinal deictics clan ruler clauses clitic constituents construction dative object deictic dental nasal depicted deverbal DIR3 directive marker displays dynamic verbs ea=de encoded endophora endophoric Engelenhoven entity example exemplified existential clause feature final consonant function geminate GLOSS goASEQ high vowel human plural indexer inflected for 3sg initial Kisar laApo labial leta Leti Island lexical morphemes lexical pair lexical parallel lirmarna long vowels lplinc Luang Luhuleli maanu Malay marna metathesis mid vowels miiani monovalent morpheme n-vena=e n6ramma=e nasal Nbramme nominal non-human noun nucleus nvene oblique object occlusive onset participant person deictic phonemes phonotactic phrase possessive suffix precore predicate pronominal object pronominal prefix pronouns reduplication referent Roma Island sail scene signals slot SML=DEX spatial deictics speech spou SQ1=DEX subject clitic subject marker Table Timor Tomra topic Tutukei ultimate syllable vavi