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Title: A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako
Written By: Åshild Næss
Even Hovdhaugen
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] 52

Vaeakau-Taumako, also known as Pileni, is a Polynesian Outlier language
spoken in the Reef and Duff Islands in the Solomon Islands' Temotu
Province. This is an area of great linguistic diversity and long-standing
language contact which has had far-reaching effects on the linguistic

Historically, speakers of Vaeakau-Taumako were shipbuilders and navigators
who made trade voyages throughout the area, bringing them into constant
contact with speakers of the Reefs-Santa Cruz, Utupua and Vanikoro
languages. The latter languages are only distantly related to Vaeakau-
Taumako, making up an only recently identified first-order subgroup of
Oceanic. Polynesian speakers first arrived in the area some 700-1000 years
ago from the core Polynesian areas to the east. While today most intra-group
communication takes place in Solomon Islands Pijin, traditionally the
situation was one of extensive multilingualism, and this has left profound
traces in the grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako, which shows a number of
structural properties not known from other Polynesian languages.
A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako is the most comprehensive grammar of
any Polynesian Outlier to date, and the first full-length grammar of any
language of Temotu Province. Based on extensive fieldwork, it is structured
as a reference grammar dealing with all aspects of language structure, from
phonology to discourse organization, and including a selection of glossed
texts. It will be of interest to typologists, Oceanic linguists, and researchers
interested in language contact.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Ayiwo
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110238273
Pages: 519
Prices: Europe EURO 139.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110238266
Pages: 519
Prices: Europe EURO 139.95