By Nicholas Thieberger
This ebook offers themes within the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of critical Vanuatu as spoken in Erakor village at the outskirts of Port Vila. it's one of many first such grammars to take heavily the availability of basic info for the verification of claims made within the research. The learn is decided within the context of accelerating consciousness being paid to the nation of the world’s smaller languages and their clients 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 through the learn. An integrated DVD presents a dictionary and finderlist, a suite of interlinearized instance texts and elicited sentences, and playable media types of so much instance sentences and of the instance texts.
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A representative version of the fieldtapes is also presented with this volume. If we believe that linguistics employs the scientific method, then accessible presentation of the data is necessary. In other sciences data is provided so that claims can be tested and results can be replicated. In linguistics theses to date the data is usually given as an example sentence, often with no indication of its status or provenance. 5. Overview of the present study This volume is a description of the grammar of the language of South Efate, with a particular focus on verbal morphosyntax, nouns and the noun phrase, and sentence construction.
In Macdonald 1898a:759) that locate Efate as the first land and home to Maui-tikitiki, his wife Lei Maui-tikitiki, and his grandchild Tamakaia (whose parents are not mentioned in the story). The grandfather and grandson enter into a competition, one result of which is Tamakaia pulling Efate out of the ocean and founding it on the bones of a whale he has just consumed. Macdonald also recounts a story about pottery in which Lei Maui-tikitiki, who is identified with the moon, dashes the water pots she is carrying to the ground.
Over 40 hours of recordings have resulted from this work, including about an hour recorded in the language of Lelepa Island, to the west of Efate. 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).
A Grammar of South Efate: An Oceanic Language of Vanuatu (Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications) by Nicholas Thieberger