A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako by Åshild Næss, Even Hovdhaugen

By Åshild Næss, Even Hovdhaugen

Vaeakau-Taumako, sometimes called Pileni, is a Polynesian Outlier language spoken within the Reef and Duff Islands within the Solomon Islands' Temotu Province. this can be a space of significant linguistic range and long-standing language touch which has had far-reaching results at the linguistic state of affairs.
Historically, audio system of Vaeakau-Taumako have been shipbuilders and navigators who made alternate voyages in the course of the sector, bringing them into consistent touch with audio system of the Reefs-Santa Cruz, Utupua and Vanikoro languages. The latter languages are just distantly on the topic of Vaeakau-Taumako, making up an only in the near past pointed out first-order subgroup of Oceanic. Polynesian audio system first arrived within the sector a few 700-1000 years in the past from the center Polynesian components to the east. whereas this day such a lot intra-group conversation happens in Solomon Islands Pijin, commonly the location used to be one among huge multilingualism, and this has left profound lines within the grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako, which exhibits a couple of structural houses no longer identified from different Polynesian languages.
A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako is the main finished grammar of any Polynesian Outlier so far, and the 1st full-length grammar of any language of Temotu Province. in line with huge fieldwork, it truly is based as a reference grammar facing all points of language constitution, from phonology to discourse association, and together with a range of glossed texts. will probably be of curiosity to typologists, Oceanic linguists, and researchers drawn to language touch.

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The occa- sional occurrences of a voiced velar stop [g] appear not to be phonemic. The main phonological differences between the dialects are: - - - lthl usually becomes [s] in TAU, although the pronunciation [th] occurs there as well; fbi is pronounced [h] or [f], and occasionally [

Structural features in Vaeakau-Taurnako which appear to have been modelled on Aiwoo (a type of contact-induced language change labelled metatypy by Ross 1996) suggest that Vaeakau-Taurnako speakers for several generations were bilingual in Aiwoo and used it as an intergroup language. This is as may be expected given that the main social and commercial role of the Polynesians in the wider area was as traders and seafarers; clearly they would have benefited from being able to speak the language of their nearest customers.

G. hakamemea [,hakame'mea] 'be pregnant' (haka- 'CAUS'+memea 'child'). Unstressed word-final /if and /u/ may in some cases be devoiced or dropped altogether. ' This is a fairly limited phenomenon restricted to a few lexemes; it may be influenced by the phonological pattern of Aiwoo, where /i/ and /u/ are regularly devoiced or dropped under predictable conditions. 3. 1. Basic vowel inventory All three dialects of Vaeakau-Taumako show the common five-vowel system found in all Polynesian and many other Austronesian languages: /a, e, i, o, u/.

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