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

By Nicholas Thieberger

This booklet offers subject matters within the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of important Vanuatu as spoken in Erakor village at the outskirts of Port Vila. it truly is one of many first such grammars to take heavily the availability of basic facts for the verification of claims made within the research. The study is determined within the context of accelerating awareness being paid to the kingdom of the world’s smaller languages and their customers for being spoken into the long run. as well as supplying 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) constructed during the examine. An incorporated 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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However, in this same article they note that there were forty refrigerators in the village of 130 households at the time they are reporting on, hardly excessive consumption, but rather an attempt to enjoy cool water and preserve food. It is quite possible that there is more consumption of manufactured goods than is found in villages on other islands, but this does not constitute the complete acceptance of cargo to the exclusion of kastom that Philibert and Jourdan suggest. If consumption in Erakor is conspicuous, it is because there is so little of it, certainly in comparison to the excessive and conspicuous consumption indulged in by the first world residents of Port Vila.

Dahl's (1985) aspect questionnaire data for South Efate (interlinearized). • A lexical database in backs lash or standard format (currently in Shoebox). 3. Language documentation and the South Efate corpus Grammars are necessarily partial documents (as argued by Duranti 1997: 114). They contain analysis of the parts of the language that we currently consider it necessary to include in a style that is currently fashionable. Looking back over grammars written in the past makes one aware of how such fashions change and how difficult it can be to find information about topics not covered in the grammar.

For earrings they had small sticks or shells .... Many of them had the cartilage of their noses transfixed for the purpose of inserting ornaments, which consisted, for the most part, of small round pieces of wood. Many had a large, round, flat piece of shell suspended from their necks. (Benchley 1873:222) Women sometimes had a strip hanging from the belt "worked grass matting, expanding at the end into a fringe a foot and a half long, and reaching to the calf of the leg, looking very much like a tail" (Benchley 1873:222-223).

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