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A Grammar of the Hoava Language, Western Solomons

Karen Davis

ISBN 10: 0858835029 / ISBN 13: 9780858835023
Published by Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, 2003
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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332 p. Includes: maps, bibliography. Pacific Linguistics 535. This description of Hoava, an Oceanic Austronesian language spoken on parts of New Georgia in the western Solomon Islands, is the first published reference grammar of a language from this area. The islands of the New Georgia group are home to a remarkable diversity of languages, and their Austronesian languages bear an unusual mixture of conservative and innovative features. The author pays particular attention to verbal morphology and its relation to argument structure and applicativisation, and her description will interest Oceanists and typologists alike. Hoava is genealogically quite a close relative of Roviana, aspects of which are described in S.H. Corston's Ergativity in Roviana, Solomon Islands (Pacific Linguistics 1996). Nonetheless, the grammars of the two languages differ quite sharply, in which ways which diachronic syntacticians will find intriguing. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ABE.0016088

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Title: A Grammar of the Hoava Language, Western ...

Publisher: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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This description of Hoava, an Oceanic Austronesian language spoken on parts of New Georgia in the western Solomon Islands, is the first published reference grammar of a language from this area. The islands of the New Georgia group are home to a remarkable diversity of languages, and their Austronesian languages bear an unusual mixture of conservative and innovative features. The author pays particular attention to verbal morphology and its relation to argument structure and applicativisation, and her description will interest Oceanists and typologists alike. Hoava is genealogically quite a close relative of Roviana, aspects of which are described in S.H. Corston's Ergativity in Roviana, Solomon Islands (Pacific Linguistics 1996). Nonetheless, the grammars of the two languages differ quite sharply, in which ways which diachronic syntacticians will find intriguing.

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