By Nicholas Thieberger
This publication offers themes within the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of critical 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 information for the verification of claims made within the research. The learn is determined within the context of accelerating recognition 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 through the learn. 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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Rivers observes: Not long ago Fate, or Sandwich Island, had a considerable population in which, as usual in Melanesia, it was possible to distinguish between the bush-people and those living near the coast. Now the bush-people have wholly disappeared and the few survivors of the coastal districts have left the main island and live on one or other of the small islands, such as Eratap and Erekor [sic], which fringe its coasts. (Rivers 1922b:84). 6. ) The movement of villages from the hinterland to the coast has linguistic repercussions.
Caledonia' Map 3. Location of Erakor village and Efate island Chapter 2 strong cyclone. Two other islands (Fila/Ifira and Mele) were settled at some stage by speakers of a Polynesian outlier language (Clark 1998; 2002). Garanger (1972:32) notes the 1930 population of one of these islands, Mele, which measures less than a square kilometer, as 500. While Efate is not volcanic, the islands to the north (Nguna and the Shepherds) are extinct volcanoes. The Shepherds were created in 1452 or 1453 when the volcano Kuwae exploded, creating an immense cloud of ash and dust that covered the region and travelled over the northern hemisphere.
4. Now known as Australian Volunteers International (A VI). A Melanesian pidgin language related to Tok Pisin (PNG) and Solomon Islands Pidgin. Chapter 1 clear that the most appropriate language for me to work on would be South Efate, which, despite being spoken in villages that formed the outskirts of the capital city, Port Vila, had received little attention from linguists (Lynch and Crowley 2001: Ill). When I met with Silas we agreed on the aim of producing a set of stories and a wordlist of the language.
A Grammar of South Efate: An Oceanic Language of Vanuatu (Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications) by Nicholas Thieberger