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Title: Discovering Mavea: Grammar, Texts, and Lexicon
Authors: Guérin, Valérie M. P. R.
Keywords: Austronesian Languages
Malayo-Polynesian Languages
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Abstract: Ma˝vea is an Oceanic language spoken on the eponymous island Ma˝vea, off the eastern coast of Espiritu Santo, in Vanuatu. It is a severely endangered language, spoken by approximately 34 people. In an effort to safeguard information about Ma˝vea, this dissertation provides a synchronic description of some of the grammatical features of the language. Background information about the language affiliation and the language situation on the island is first introduced. Some aspects of the phonology (such as the loss of linguo-labials) and the morphophonology of the language are then described, followed by a discussion on the complexity of the Ma˝vea numeral system. This descriptive grammar also highlights morphosyntactic features that Ma˝vea shares with other languages of the Oceanic language family, such as serial verb constructions and direct and indirect possessive constructions. In the appendices, three short texts are glossed and transcribed, and a bilingual dictionary of about 1800 entries is provided, along with a CD containing the audio files of the texts.
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