LINGUIST List 10.1834

Wed Dec 1 1999

Books: Papuan, Austronesian, Australian Langs

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  1. Julie Manley, Papuan Langs, Austronesian Langs, Australian Langs

Message 1: Papuan Langs, Austronesian Langs, Australian Langs

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 13:33:07 +1100
From: Julie Manley <>
Subject: Papuan Langs, Austronesian Langs, Australian Langs

Announcing books published by Pacific Linguistics, Research School of
Pacific and Asian Studes, The Australian National University, Canberra:

by language group
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B-115	A Description of Abun: A West Papuan Language of 
 Irian Jaya
 Berry, Keith and Christine Berry

This volume presents a description of the phonology, 
morphology and grammar of the Abun language, spoken in the 
northern Bird's Head region of Irian Jaya. There is also a 
discussion of various clauses types, including relative, 
complement and adverbial clauses.
1999	ISBN 0 85883 482 0		xii+236pp	
AUS $45.50

C-146	A Grammar of Hatam, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
 Reesink, Ger P. 

This volume presents a description of the phonology, 
morphology and syntax of Hatam, which is spoken on the 
Bird's Head Peninsula of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Hatam is a 
Papuan language with a basic SVO order, and many verb 
sequences. Phonological features include initial geminates 
and an utterance-level stress pattern. The book contains a 
number of annotated text.
1999	ISBN 0 85883 497 9	xv+215pp 
AUS$42.50	Weight 600g

C-148	The Interface between Syntax and Discourse in Korafe: 
 A Papuan Language of Papua New Guinea
 Farr, Cynthia J.M.,

This volume presents an overview of the morphological and 
syntactic structures of Korafe, a Papuan language spoken in 
the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea. Its focus is on the 
structure and functions of three types of complex 
constructions in sentences and discourse: (1) serial verb 
constructions (SVCs), (2) switch reference constructions 
(SRCs), and (3) co-ranking constructions. Attention is also 
given to defining information units that segment SRCs and 
co-ranking structures, and to examining information 
packaging in discourse. Keywords: medial verb, final verb, 
serial verb constructions (SVCs), switch-reference 
constructions (SRCs), co-ranking constructions (CRSs), 
apparently anomalous switch-reference, thematic clause 
chain units (TCCUs or information blocks), speech formulas, 
chaining paragraphs, thematic paragraphs, scripts. 
1999	ISBN 0 85883 499 5	xx+459pp
AUS$70.00	Weight 900g
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C-143	Sinaugoro Grammar, Papua New Guinea
 Tauberschmidt, Gerhard

This volume contains a description of the grammar and 
phonology of the Sinaugoro language, which is an Austronesian 
language spoken by approximately 15,000 people living in 
the Central Province south-east of Port Moresby, Papua New 
1999	ISBN 0 85883 490 1	
In press

C-151	Kamus Basa Ac�h-Kamus Bahasa Aceh: Acehnese-
 Indonesian-English Thesaurus
 Daud, Bukhari and Durie, Mark

Spoken by over two million people in the Special Region of 
Aceh, Acehnese is one of the major regional languages of 
Indonesia. A community of speakers is also found in Kedah, 
Malaysia. The Acehnese people have a highly developed 
literary tradition, and a rich history. This is the only 
published lexicon which supports translation into Acehnese -
 previous Acehnese dictionaries have been Acehnese-Dutch or 
Acehnese-Indonesian. The Thesaurus is a valuable tool for 
language learners and for others such as health 
professionals or agricultural consultants working amongst 
Acehnese people.
1999	ISBN 0 85883 506 1	xiii+269pp
AUS$46.50	Weight 500g

C-155	A Grammar of the Fehan Dialect of Tetun, an 
 Austronesian Language of West Timor
 Catherina van Klinken
Tetun is an Austronesian language spoken in the central and 
eastern parts of the island of Timor. It is widely used 
throughout East Timor as a lingua franca, in addition to 
being a first language in some regions. this description 
comprises a detailed grammar of the conservative Fehan 
dialect, spoken near the south coast of West Timor. It is 
primarily based on a corpus of spoken and written texts, 
supplemented by elicitation and daily exposure to the 
language. The description covers a phonology and morphology,
 as well as phrase, clause and sentence-level syntax.
	This is the first detailed grammar of any of the 
dozen or so Austronesian language spoken in central and 
eastern Timor. It complements earlier Dutch descriptions 
of Dawan and Roti, spoken in West Timor and the neighbouring 
island of Roti respectively.
1999	In press.

C-156	Ura: A Disappearing Language of Southern Vanuatu
 Crowley, Terry

This description comprises a detailed grammar sketch of the 
moribund Ura language of southern Vanuatu, along with a 
compilation of texts, as well as the author's entire lexical 
corpus. Given that Crowley was working with a small group 
of elderly speakers, it is likely that this account with 
represent the final word on this language. Until the 1970s, 
the languages of southern Vanuatu represented one of the 
least-known groupings of Oceanic languages, but descriptive 
work in the last two decades has resulted in this being one 
of the more comprehensively described groupings, with this 
description filling one of the remaining gaps in our 
1999	ISBN 0 85883 520 7	xiii+226pp (maps)
AUS$45.00	Weight 500g

D-93 	Grammatical Relations in Bahasa Indonesia
 Vamarasi, Marit Kana

This is an analysis of the sentential syntax of Bahasa 
Indonesia from the theoretical perspective of Relational 
Grammar. Separate chapters deal with intransitive verbs 
and the Unaccusative Hypothesis, advancements to subject 
(passive), advancements to direct object, ke- -an 
adversatives and clause union, ascensions, and equi 
constructions. The syntactic functions of the affixes di-, 
meN-, -i, -kan, per- -an, peN- -an, and ke- -an are all 
In press

D-91	The Bungku-Tolaki Languages of South-Eastern 
 Sulawesi, Indonesia
 Mead, David E.
This monograph is a handbook for anyone who wants to know 
more about the current language situation in the Bungku-
Tolaki languages area of south-eastern Sulawesi, Indonesia. 
 In addition to providing an overall classification the 
author describes the location, dialect situation, economy 
and patterns of language use for each of fifteen individual 
languages. Includes maps, twenty seven wordlists, and 
comprehensive bibliography.
1999	ISBN 0 85883 473 1	xi+188pp 
AUS$40.00	Weight 500g

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C-150	A Grammar of the Wirangu Language from the West 
 Coast of South Australia
 Hercus, L.A.

This book contains a grammar and vocabulary of an endangered 
language, the Wirangu language of the west coast of South 
Australia. The work discusses similarities between Wirangu 
and other South Australian Aboriginal languages.
1999	ISBN 0 85883 505 3	xxii+217pp
AUS$43.50	Weight 600g

C-154	The Yorta Yorta (Bangerang) Language of the Murray 
 Goulburn Including Yabula Yabula
 Bowe, Heather and Morey, Stephen

This work on Yorta Yorta was begun in response to an 
invitation by Yorta Yorta woman Lois Peeler to review the 
available written material on Yorta Yorta to complement the 
Yorta Yorta language knowledge of her mother, Mrs Geraldine 
Briggs, O.A., and to compile a resource book on Yorta Yorta 
for language revival purposes.
ISBN 0 85883 513 4	xiii+286pp
AUS$51.00	Weight 600g

D-92 OZBIB: A linguistic bibliography of Aboriginal 
 Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
 Carrington, Lois, and Triffitt, Geraldine

This bibliography aims to include all published works on 
Australiana and Torres Strait Islands languages and 
linguistics, with the addition of relevant theses. There 
is a natural watershed in the listing, in that prior to 
1959 emphasis is on vocabularies, texts, or songs, whereas 
for the past 40 years the emphasis is on linguistics and 
applied linguistics: analysis and comparisons, dictionaries 
and grammars, surveys, works on bilingual education, 
language policy, pidgins and cr�oles and Aboriginal English.
1999	ISBN 0 85883 505 0	x+282 pages
AUS$38.00	Weight 650g

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C-145	A Dictionary of Dehong, Southwest China
 Yongxian, Luo 

This volume offers a detailed description of Dehong, a 
language spoken in Yunnan Province on the Sino-Burmese 
border near the Golden Triangle. Closely related to Burmese 
Shan, Dehong is a member of the Tai language family, one of 
the largest language groups in Southeast Asia. As such the 
material provides much-needed data for anthropologists, 
ethnographers, historians and Tai comparativists as well as 
general readers who are concerned with the languages and 
cultures in Southeast Asia and the surrounding regions.
1999	ISBN 0 85883 496 0	viii+307pp
AUS$43.50	Weight

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