By Nicholas Thieberger
This booklet offers themes within the grammar of South Efate, an Oceanic language of imperative Vanuatu as spoken in Erakor village at the outskirts of Port Vila. it really is one of many first such grammars to take heavily the availability of basic information for the verification of claims made within the research. The examine is determined within the context of accelerating recognition being paid to the nation of the world’s smaller languages and their customers for being spoken into the long run. as well as offering an overview of the grammar of the language, the writer describes the method of constructing an archivable textual corpus that's used to make instance sentences citable and playable, utilizing software program (Audiamus) constructed throughout the study. An integrated DVD presents a dictionary and finderlist, a collection of interlinearized instance texts and elicited sentences, and playable media types of such a lot instance sentences and of the instance texts.
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The whole work is developed with an emphasis on producing not only a grammatical outline of the language, but of embedding that grammatical outline within a corpus that has the potential to be archived and accessed in the future. Chapter 2 provides an ethnographic history of the region with particular reference to Erakor village and then gives some background to the languages of Vanuatu and the local region and to previous work published on the South Efate language. I then discuss the phonology of South Efate in Chapter 3.
As we will see in Chapter 2, there are three official national languages, Bislama,4 English, and French, as well as over 110 indigenous languages. In my first few months in Vanuatu I attended an intensive Bislama language course which assisted considerably in learning the language. I was then able to use Bislama for most daily interactions. This was particularly important when, in 1996, I started working at the Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta (Vanuatu Cultural Centre) (VKS) which is a predominantly Bislama-speaking workplace.
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A Grammar of South Efate: An Oceanic Language of Vanuatu (Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications) by Nicholas Thieberger