Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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List of Tables

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pp. xvi-xvii

List of Figures

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pp. xvii-xix

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xix-xx

Most of the research for this book was completed over the Australian summer of 1998/1999 at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra. Funding was from the ANU's Student Summer Research Scholarship Program...

Abbreviations

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pp. xxi-xxii

Part A

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1. Introduction

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pp. 3-12

While the unpublished material concerning the languages of the Admiralty Islands is considerable, the number of published grammars is very small, especially when one considers the number of languages spoken in Manus Province and their importance in the Oceanic family. Thirty years ago Healey (1976b:225) wrote of the Admiralties...

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2. Phonology

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pp. 13-24

Since the corpus is a written one (and standardized), there is no direct information about phonetics in it. However, we can infer something of the phonology of Titan, and of the realization of the segments in the data, from Meier's brief description...

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3. Nouns

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pp. 25-42

The following three chapters give information about Titan nominals and nominal syntax. This chapter discusses nouns: word formation, derivation, compounding, and possession formation. Chapter 4 discusses the forms of pronouns and demonstratives, while Chapter 5 gives information about other constituents in the noun phrase (adjectives and numerals), and noun phrase syntax...

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4. Pronouns and Demonstratives

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pp. 43-60

There are several different types of pronominal and demonstrative words in the Titan corpus; they are the focus of this chapter. The chapter deals only with free pronouns; bound agreement markers are discussed in Section 6.2.1, and possessive suffixation...

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5. Nominal Syntax

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pp. 61-78

This chapter describes various nominal modifiers (numerals, adjectives) and noun phrase syntax, with a particular focus on constituency...

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6. Verbs and the Verb Phrase

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pp. 79-104

This chapter is concerned with the composition and morphology of verbal predicates. The verbal complex comprises the matrix verb root and a number of clitics which give information about the tense, aspect, mood, and subject of the clause. The basic structure of the core verb unit...

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7. Prepositions

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pp. 105-124

Prepositions in Titan show a number of very interesting and unusual characteristics, including in some forms inflection for tense marking. They also show a number of odd syntactic characteristics, and since they are frequent in the texts, it is possible to study copious examples and in many cases to extract meaningful generalizations...

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8. Adverbs

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pp. 125-134

A number of adverbs have already been discussed in passing in other sections. These include the adverbial use of adjectives in Section 5.1.3, certain adverbial demonstratives (Section 4.4), and the use of deverbal prepositions without complements (Section 7.4.4)...

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9. Clausal Syntax

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pp. 135-154

In previous chapters I have included some information about syntax at the phrasal level, including nominal phrases Section 5.5 and verb structure (9.1). This chapter describes syntax clause level, including constituent order, negation, question formation, and clause chaining...

Part B

Titan-English Glossary

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pp. 157-190

English-Titan Finderlist

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pp. 191-210

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Part C

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pp. 211-448

This section contains the corpus on which the sketch grammar is based. The few obvious typographical errors have been silently corrected (such as a few transpositions of letters including an instance of jnu for nju). One problem was the multiple number of spellings which exist for some words, particularly alternations...

Notes

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pp. 449-456

References

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pp. 457-462

Index

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pp. 463-466

OCEANIC LINGUISTICS SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS

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pp. 467-469