Rehg: Ponapean Reference Grammar

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University of Hawaii Press, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 393 pages
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Here is the most comprehensive description to date of the indigenous language of the island of Ponape. Designed as a reference volume for Ponapean educators, particularly those working in bilingual education programs, this work will also be of value to English-speaking students of Ponapean and to scholars of other Pacific languages and cultures.

The grammar begins with useful background information on Ponape and Ponapean and then systematically explores the phonology, morphology, and syntax of this language. Separate treatment is given to Ponapean honorific speech styles. Also included are an appendix of current Ponapean spelling conventions and a bibliography of selected books and articles useful in the study of this language.

This new work is a companion volume to the Ponapean-English Dictionary by the same authors.


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The Sound System of Ponapean
Their Structure and Function
Nouns and Noun Phrases
Verbs and Verb Phrases
Honorific Speech
Ponapean Orthography

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Page 383 - Passive hbg-an'do magic' (Egerod 1965a: 260) REFERENCES Bender, Byron W. 1973. Parallelisms in the Morphophonemics of Several Micronesian Languages.
Page xiii - My purpose in writing this hook has been to provide a description of the major grammatical features of Ponapean for the reader who has had little or no training in the analysis of language. Although this work is intended primarily for native speakers of Ponapean who are bilingual in English. I hope it will also be useful to others whose interests have brought them to the study of this language.
Page xiii - The organization of this grammar is ultimately based upon the practical problem of providing a relatively nontechnical description of a language, rather than upon a particular theory of the organization of language itself. Consequently, I have drawn upon a variety of grammatical traditions m discussing this language, and i have organized the material in this grammar in essentially a cumulative way.
Page 386 - Rehg. Kenneth, and Damian Sohl. 1979. Ponapean,English dictionary. PALI Language Texts: Micronesia. Honolulu: The University Press of Hawail.

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About the author (1981)

Kenneth L. Rehg is assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Hawaii.

Damian G. Sohl, a native speaker of Ponapean, was formerly director of the Ponape Department of Education and is currently director of the Ponape State Hospital.

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