The Oceanic Languages

By Terry Crowley, John Lynch, Malcolm D Ross

© 2012 – Routledge

944 pages

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About the Book

The Oceanic Languages form a closed subgroup within one of the world’s largest language families, Austronesian. There are between 1000 and 1500 Austronesian languages (estimates vary), with so much structural diversity that they are best handled in two volumes, one on the Oceanic and one on the non-Oceanic Austronesian languages. This division is clear and the grammar sketches in this volume provide a cross-section through the structural diversity of the Oceanic languages which is not available elsewhere. Much of the material is drawn from data collected by the authors and has not been previously published.

The volume contains five background chapters: The Oceanic Languages, Sociolinguistic Background, Typological Overview, Proto-Oceanic and Internal Subgrouping. In addition, the volume presents forty-three grammar sketches, selected from the five hundred Oceanic languages spread across a region embracing eastern Indonesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.

Table of Contents

Preface Abbreviations List of illustrations 1. The Oceanic languages 2. Sociolinguistic background 3. Typological overview 4. Proto Oceanic 5. Internal subgrouping The grammar sketches Listing of Oceanic languages, by subgroup References Index to Chapters 1-5

About the Authors

John Lynch is an Emeritus Professor of Pacific Languages and the former Director of the Pacific Languages Unit at the University of the South Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Malcolm Ross is Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University.

Terry Crowley was a Professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

About the Series

Routledge Language Family Series

Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Oceanic & Australian Languages