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

By Nicholas Thieberger

This e-book offers subject matters within the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of valuable 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 fundamental facts for the verification of claims made within the research. The learn is decided within the context of accelerating cognizance being paid to the country of the world’s smaller languages and their clients for being spoken into the longer term. as well as offering an summary 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) constructed during the study. An incorporated DVD offers a dictionary and finderlist, a collection of interlinearized instance texts and elicited sentences, and playable media types of such a lot instance sentences and of the instance texts.

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Animist beliefs sit comfortably with a professed Christianity. Despite the perception that European culture has more influence in South Efate (see for example, Philibert and Jourdan 1996) than in other parts of Vanuatu, there is a strong popular belief in sorcery and the power of spirits. Jesus is another force to be used in the constant struggle of good and evil spirits. Prayer is used to ward off evil spirits or to protect against 'leaf magic (the use of leaves as media for malevolent magic).

Preparatory to further fieldwork, I undertook library research to find early sources on the language. 5 for a list of publications on South Efate). This research provided background information on the history of the region, and also turned up documents in South Efate including a brief tape recording of 6 two South Efatese men, Kalsei and Kalagis, together with some texts in Arthur €apell's papers written by Pastor Sope, presumably in the 1950s. A page image of these stories is presented in Figure 1: 1.

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. The present chapter summarizes the approach taken to the data in this research project. The whole work is developed with an emphasis on producing not only a grammatical outline of the language, but of embedding that grammatical outline within a corpus that has the potential to be archived and accessed in the future.

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