By Nicholas Thieberger
This publication offers issues within the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of significant 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 determined within the context of accelerating realization being paid to the country of the world’s smaller languages and their clients for being spoken into the longer term. as well as supplying 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) built throughout the learn. An integrated DVD offers 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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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. The present chapter summarizes the approach taken to the data in this research project.
The status of women is commented on by a number of observers. It is a difficult area for outsiders to understand, and is frequently used today (as it was by the early missionaries) as an example of the problematic nature of Melanesian society. " Domestic violence today is a serious issue in Vanuatu (Mason 2000), perhaps more so in the urban centers in which traditional authority has broken down. Polygamy was practised on Efate (Maconi 1954; Turner 1861) and Macdonald (1892:723) notes that a widow was inherited as part of the property.
Polygamy was practised on Efate (Maconi 1954; Turner 1861) and Macdonald (1892:723) notes that a widow was inherited as part of the property. Speiser (1990:334) also observes that a widow was passed on to her husband's brother. 5. 3). Gardens are still an important source of food in South Efate, and excess crops are sold at regional markets, or in Vila. Store-bought and mainly imported products such as tinned meat and fish and rice are a popular and integral part of the South Efate diet today. Cash cropping was introduced by the missionaries to promote notions of reward for labor.
A Grammar of South Efate: An Oceanic Language of Vanuatu (Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications) by Nicholas Thieberger