A Grammar of Neverver

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Walter de Gruyter, Oct 30, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 476 pages
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Neverver is an Oceanic language spoken by just over 500 people on the high island of Malekula in Vanuatu. Drawing on an extensive corpus of field recordings collected between 2004 and 2008, the analysis reveals a very interesting phonological system with six prenasalized segments, rich systems of possession, tense/aspect/mood marking, valence change, and verb serialization. The grammaris of interest to specialists in Oceanic and Austronesian linguistics, as well as to general linguists, especially those interested in linguistic typology.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Phonology
24
3 Nominals
72
4 The noun phrase
109
5 Possession relativization and number
132
6 Verb classes
164
7 Expressing temporal modal and aspectual information
189
8 Reduplication
228
10 Complex nuclei
308
11 Complex cores
330
12 Complementtaking predicates
357
13 Clausal juncture and interpropositional relations
392
Appendices
421
References
457
Index
469
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9 Clause structure
263

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Julie Barbour, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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