The Oceanic Languages

By Terry Crowley, John Lynch, Malcolm Ross

© 2001 – Routledge

924 pages

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About the Book

This new volume of the Language Family Series presents an overview of the Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian languages, spread across a region embracing eastern Indonesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia. It provides sufficient phonological and grammatical data to give typologists and comparativists a good idea of the nature of these languages, and of how much typological variety there is in this single subgroup. The references will allow those interested in particular topics, geographical areas or specific languages to delve further. Divided into two major parts, the first five chapters of the book place the Oceanic languages in their geographic, demographic and social context. Both the place of the Oceanic subgroup within the wider Austronesian family, and the internal subgrouping of Oceanic itself are dealt with. A typological overview of Oceanic languages is provided, as well as an outline of the reconstructed phonology and morphosyntax of Proto Oceanic. The second part of the book consists of grammar sketches of 43 Oceanic languages that are not at all well known in the linguistic literature. For many of these languages, the sketch in this volume is the first grammatical treatment to appear in print.

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

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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:
FOR032000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Oceanic & Australian Languages
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN014000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Reference