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Thu Jun 12 2003

Books: Language Description, Hoava: Davis

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  1. jmanley, A Grammar of the Hoava language, Western Solomons: Davis

Message 1: A Grammar of the Hoava language, Western Solomons: Davis

Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 22:10:50 +0000
From: jmanley <>
Subject: A Grammar of the Hoava language, Western Solomons: Davis

Title: A grammar of the Hoava language, Western Solomons
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics		 
Author: Karen Davis				

Paperback: ISBN: 0858835029, Pages: xvi + 332, Price: $69.00
Comment: Australian customers add 10% GST

This description of Hoava, an Oceanic Austronesian language spoken on
parts of New Georgia in the western Solomon Islands, is the first
published reference grammar of a language from this area. The islands
of the New Georgia group are home to a remarkable diversity of
languages, and their Austronesian languages bear an unusual mixture of
conservative and innovative features.

The author pays particular attention to verbal morphology and its
relation to argument structure and applicativisation, and her
description will interest Oceanists and typologists alike.

Hoava is genealogically quite a close relative of Roviana, aspects of
which are described in S.H. Corston's _Ergativity in Roviana, Solomon
Islands_ (Pacific Linguistics 1996). Nonetheless, the grammars of the
two languages differ quite sharply, in which ways which diachronic
syntacticians will find intriguing.

Lingfield(s): Language Description
Subject Language(s): Hoava (Language Code: HOA)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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