Åshild Næss, Even Hovdhaugen's A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako PDF

By Åshild Næss, Even Hovdhaugen

ISBN-10: 3110238268

ISBN-13: 9783110238266

Vaeakau-Taumako, sometimes called Pileni, is a Polynesian Outlier language spoken within the Reef and Duff Islands within the Solomon Islands' Temotu Province. this can be a space of serious linguistic variety and long-standing language touch which has had far-reaching results at the linguistic scenario.
Historically, audio system of Vaeakau-Taumako have been shipbuilders and navigators who made exchange voyages during the region, bringing them into consistent touch with audio system of the Reefs-Santa Cruz, Utupua and Vanikoro languages. The latter languages are just distantly on the topic of Vaeakau-Taumako, making up an just recently pointed out first-order subgroup of Oceanic. Polynesian audio system first arrived within the region a few 700-1000 years in the past from the middle Polynesian components to the east. whereas at the present time so much intra-group verbal exchange occurs in Solomon Islands Pijin, normally the location was once certainly one of large multilingualism, and this has left profound lines within the grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako, which exhibits a couple of structural homes now not recognized from different Polynesian languages.
A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako is the main complete grammar of any Polynesian Outlier to this point, and the 1st full-length grammar of any language of Temotu Province. in accordance with huge fieldwork, it really is dependent as a reference grammar facing all features of language constitution, from phonology to discourse association, and together with a range of glossed texts. will probably be of curiosity to typologists, Oceanic linguists, and researchers drawn to language touch.


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Basic consonant inventory Vaeakau-Taumako has the most complex system of consonant phonemes of all koown Polyoesian languages. This pertains both to the number of consonant phonemes (19),Z0 and to the pervasive dialectal and idiolectal variation. The dialectal differences are seen not so much in the number of consonant phonemes or in the overall structure of the system, as in the distribution of each consonant phoneme and their lexical frequency. The consonant phonemes of V AE and TAU are laid out in Table 4: 20 Vaeakau-Taumako is the only Polynesian language with an "average-sized" consonant inventory, as defined inMaddieson (2005: 10).

And frequently have no strong preference for one pronunciation alternative over another. Because the variation is so extensive. we cannot hope to cover every detail of Vaeakau-Taumako phonology in this chapter. We describe here the main patterns found in our material. with an emphasis on the colloquial register and the main dialectal differences. 2. Syllable structure and stress Vaeakau-Taumako syllables can have the following surface form: N. V:. CV. CV:. CCV. 2 below on vowel length and on the question of diphthongs).

4. 1. Basic consonant inventory Vaeakau-Taumako has the most complex system of consonant phonemes of all koown Polyoesian languages. This pertains both to the number of consonant phonemes (19),Z0 and to the pervasive dialectal and idiolectal variation. The dialectal differences are seen not so much in the number of consonant phonemes or in the overall structure of the system, as in the distribution of each consonant phoneme and their lexical frequency. The consonant phonemes of V AE and TAU are laid out in Table 4: 20 Vaeakau-Taumako is the only Polynesian language with an "average-sized" consonant inventory, as defined inMaddieson (2005: 10).

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