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Taba: Description of a South Halmahera language (Pacific linguistics 521)

John Bowden

Published by Australian National University, 2001
ISBN 10: 0858835177 / ISBN 13: 9780858835177
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Title: Taba: Description of a South Halmahera ...

Publisher: Australian National University

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

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459 p. Includes: maps, bibliography. Taba is an Austronesian language spoken on the Halmahera region of eastern Indonesia. This book is the only comprehensive modern grammar of any language from the South Halmahera-West New Guinea subgroup that is a sister to the much better documented Oceanic branch. Taba is a mixed split-S and accusative language with a rich variety of phonemic consonant clusters, a complex system of directionals, and many other features of interest to both Austronesianists and general typologists. The analysis of ditransitive clauses is a major innovation: the author contends that ditransitives exhibit a mixed primary object and ‘split-P’ pattern of argument alignment. The grammar also contains a wealth of information on the sometimes radical changes occurring in contemporary Taba under the impact of Malay. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ABE.0013229

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