LINGUIST List 15.101

Thu Jan 15 2004

Books: Hist Ling, Austronesian: Ross, Pawley, Osmond

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  1. jmanley, The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: Ross, Pawley, Osmond

Message 1: The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: Ross, Pawley, Osmond

Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2004 05:25:31 -0500 (EST)
From: jmanley <>
Subject: The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: Ross, Pawley, Osmond

Title: The lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The culture and environment of
 ancestral Oceanic society
Subtitle: Vol. 2: The physical environment
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics		 
Author: Malcolm Ross
Author: Andrew Pawley
Author: Meredith Osmond

Paperback: ISBN: 0858835363, Pages: xviii + 387 pp, Price: A$80.00
Comment: + 10% GST in Australia

This is the second in a series of five volumes on the lexicon of Proto
Oceanic, the ancestor of the Oceanic branch of the Austronesian
language family. Each volumedeals witha particular domain of culture
and/or environment andconsists of a collection of essays each of which
presents and comments on lexical reconstructions of a particular
semantic field within that domain.

Volume 2 examines how Proto Oceanic speakers described their
geophysical environment. An introductory chapter discusses linguistic
and archaeological evidence that locates the Proto Oceanic language
community in the Bismarck Archipelago in the late 2nd millennium
BC. The next three chapters investigate terms used to denote inland,
coastal, reef and open sea environments, and meteorological
phenomena. A further chapter examines the lexicon for features of the
heavens and navigational techniques associated with the stars. How
Proto Oceanic speakers talked about their environment is also
described in three further chapters which treat property terms for
describing inanimate objects, locational and directional terms, and
terms related to the expression of time.

Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics 			 
Language Family(ies): Austronesian

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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