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Leo Tuai: a comparative lexical study of North and Central Vanuatu languages

Lynch, John D. (2009) Leo Tuai: a comparative lexical study of North and Central Vanuatu languages. [Book Review or Scholarly Comment]

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The northern and central islands of the Republic of Vanuatu are home to slightly less that one hundred languages. The core of this book, chapter 5, is the reconstructed lexicon of the putative common ancestor of all but two of these, Proto– North-Central Vanuatu (PNCV).1 Hence the title: if the speakers of PNCV knew about protolanguages, Leo tuai would mean 'protolanguage', being the PNCV reflexes of Proto-Oceanic (POC) *leqo- 'voice, language, etc.' and *tuqaRi 'long ago, old'. Ross Clark has been conducting linguistic research in Vanuatu since the mid-1970s. His main research focus in those days was the Polynesian Outlier Ifira-Mele, but since that language has been heavily lexically influenced by the neighboring non-Polynesian languages of Efate, he began to make...

Item Type: Book Review or Scholarly Comment
Additional Information: DOI: 10.1353/ol.0.0041
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Office of the VC
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Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2009 02:20
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2012 02:24

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