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A Grammar of South Efate
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This book presents topics in the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of Central Vanuatu as spoken in Erakor village on the outskirts of PortVila. It is one of the first such grammars to take seriously the provision of primary data for the verification of claims made in the analysis. The research is set in the context of increasing attention being paid to the state of the world’s smaller languages and their prospects for being spoken into the future. In addition to providing an outline of the grammar of the language, the author describes the process of developing an archivable textual corpus that is used to make example sentences citable and playable, using software (Audiamus) developed in the course of the research. An included DVD provides a dictionary and finderlist, a set of interlinearized example texts and elicited sentences, and playable media versions of most example sentences and of the example texts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-xi
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. xii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvi-xviii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Conventions
  2. p. xxi
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  1. Symbols used
  2. p. xxii
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Pictures
  2. pp. xxv-xxviii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 2. South Efate, place, people, and language
  2. pp. 12-44
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  1. 3. Phonology
  2. pp. 45-73
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  1. 4. Word classes
  2. pp. 74-102
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  1. 5. Nominals and the noun phrase
  2. pp. 103-148
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  1. 6. Mood and aspect
  2. pp. 149-170
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  1. 7. Verbs and verb classes
  2. pp. 171-195
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  1. 8. Valency changing processes
  2. pp. 196-220
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  1. 9. Verb combinations
  2. pp. 221-242
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  1. 10. The verb complex
  2. pp. 243-266
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  1. 11. Simple sentences
  2. pp. 267-289
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  1. 12. Complex sentences
  2. pp. 290-330
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  1. Appendix—Texts in South Efate
  2. pp. 331-366
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  1. Attachment DVD (notes)
  2. p. 367
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  1. References
  2. pp. 368-380
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 381-384
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