A Grammar of South Efate: An Oceanic Language of Vanuatu by Nicholas Thieberger

By Nicholas Thieberger

This booklet provides themes within the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of imperative Vanuatu as spoken in Erakor village at the outskirts of Port Vila. it's one of many first such grammars to take heavily the supply of basic info for the verification of claims made within the research. The examine is decided within the context of accelerating recognition being paid to the nation of the world’s smaller languages and their customers for being spoken into the longer term. as well as delivering an overview of the grammar of the language, the writer describes the method of constructing an archivable textual corpus that's used to make instance sentences citable and playable, utilizing software program (Audiamus) built throughout the examine. An integrated DVD presents a dictionary and finderlist, a suite of interlinearized instance texts and elicited sentences, and playable media models of such a lot instance sentences and of the instance texts.

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Au:0311 10 Introduction unusual features with a preference for heterorganic over homorganic stop clusters, most likely due to a historical reshaping of words and an ongoing process of medial-vowel deletion. In Chapter 4 I describe word classes of the language, with particular attention paid to those classes that are not covered elsewhere in this volume. Next, in Chapter 5, I describe the class of nominals that includes pronominals and nouns. There are eight pronominal paradigms, made up of free and bound forms.

I also video-recorded some narratives, parts of a church service, 8 and a string band performance. Almost every recording was transcribed by Manuel Wayane in Erakor village who wrote the transcript into an exercise book with a Bislama translation, and transcripts were typed in a standard word processor as text files (mostly by Dina Thieberger in Melbourne). 4). Elicitation and data checking was mainly conducted with a few speakers and in particular with two younger speakers, Endis Kalsarap and Kalsakar Wayane.

Similarly, our concern with the reusability of our work takes on a primary focus so that the data has a use for others after we have done our analysis. Reusability is a concept from computer programming and from ecology ('Reduce, reuse, recycle') whereby we should do a task once and then be able to address the outputs of that process rather than repeating the work involved. In the present work I am concerned to provide an overview of aspects of the grammar of South Efate, but in a form that allows access to the data.

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