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Title: Namakir. A description of a Central Vanuatu language
Authors: Sperlich, Wolfgang B.
Keywords: Austronesian Languages
Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian Languages
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: University of Auckland
Abstract: This is a description of the phonology, morphology and syntax of Namakir, a language if the Oceanic subgroup of Austronesian, which is spoken on some six small islands of the Shepherd Islands, central Vanuatu. My perspective in Namakir is that of a person trained in linguistics, who carried out linguistic fieldwork for the purpose of grammatical description. In addition I contributed to ethnographic work as well as compiling data for a dictionary, part of which is appended to the present description. Namakir is a conservative language which retains many features that make Oceanic languages unique. Thus it is a valuable witness for comparative and reconstructive work in Oceanic linguistics. The physical, social and historical setting of Namakir is detailed in the introductory chapter. A section on theoretical issues concerning the descriptive enterprise is included.
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