A grammar of South Efate: an Oceanic language of Vanuatu
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
University of Melbourne Author/sThieberger, Nicholas
AffiliationLanguages and Linguistics
CitationsThieberger, N. (2006). A grammar of South Efate: an Oceanic language of Vanuatu. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2006 Nicholas Thieberger
This book is available from UHPress: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/books.aspx
This volume presents topics in the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of Central Vanuatu as spoken in Erakor village on the outskirts of Port Vila. There has been no previous grammatical description of the language, which has been classified as the southernmost member of the North-Central Vanuatu subgroup of languages. In this description I show that South Efate shares features with southern Vanuatu languages, including a lack of serial verb constructions of the kind known for its northern neighbors and the use of an echo-subject marker. The phonology of South Efate reflects an ongoing change in progress, with productive medial vowel deletion and consequent complex heterorganic consonant clusters.
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