Naman: A Vanishing Language of Malakula (Vanuatu)
Pacific Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, 2006 - Malekula (Vanuatu) - 287 pages
Terry Crowley submitted the manuscript of this book to Pacific Linguistics just a few weeks before his sudden and untimely death in January 2005. Terry had been visiting the island of Malakula in Vanuatu since the end of 1999, and had undertaken studies of four languages spoken there: Naman, Tape and Nese, which are all moribund languages, and Avava, still actively spoken. Descriptions of all four were well advanced at the time of his death, though this one was the only one to have been actually submitted for publication. Naman, the subject of this linguistic description, is a moribund language that is spoken on the island of Malakula in the Republic of Vanuatu . Vanuatu is located in the southwest Pacific to the west of Fiji and to the east of northern Queensland (Map 1). Before it gained its independence from joint colonial control by France and the United Kingdom in 1980, it was known in English as the New Hebrides and in French as les Nouvelles-Hébrides.
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3SG:REAL-go 3SG:REAL-say appears Atchin attested auxiliary ba-v bamboo besien betev Bislama bubu canoe consonant construction Crowley deletion denokh described deswe Excl expressed by means find examples function goal Incl inflected initial verb intransitive involving irrealis jekhen kamem kine Lambumbu language Larevat Lengaleng lexical Litzlitz Malakula marker marking Matervarekh meten mokh mokhot nakhe Naman namat natuen neim nelag nelmu netite nevdoro Neve'ei nevet nibu niekh noag noun phrase nout object Oceanic languages old.man pattern phonetic POSS:3SG possessed nouns possessor postmodifiers prefix preposition pron pronominal pronouns pudding rakhe realis reduplication relative clause root s)he savakh schwa sekh sequences serial verb serial verb constructions serialised simulfix speakers suffixed element syllable tabakh taro teleb tevet tevlen third person singular tndef transitive verb tree tuen Tutuba Uripiv vale Vanuatu verbal Vinmavis vowel Winev woman