LINGUIST List 14.2323

Wed Sep 3 2003

Books: Language Description, Bilua: Obata

Editor for this issue: Marisa Ferrara <marisalinguistlist.org>


Links to the websites of all LINGUIST's supporting publishers are available at the end of this issue.

Directory

  1. jmanley, A grammar of Bilua: Obata

Message 1: A grammar of Bilua: Obata

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2003 04:04:19 +0000
From: jmanley <jmanleycoombs.anu.edu.au>
Subject: A grammar of Bilua: Obata



Title: A grammar of Bilua
Subtitle: A Papuan language of the Solomon Islands
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics
			
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics 
 http://pacling.anu.edu.au/		 
			
Author: Kazuko Obata 
				
Paperback: ISBN: 08588353127, Pages: xx + 333 pp, Price: A$70.00
Comment: Australian purchasers add 10% GST
			
Abstract:

This grammar of Bilua, a revision of the author's PhD thesis, is the
first comprehensive description of the language. Bilua is spoken on
Vella La Vella island in the Western Province of the Solomon
Islands. According to the 1976 census there are about 85 vernacular
languages indigenous to the Solomon Islands. The majority of these are
Austronesian, but among them are four Papuan languages, one of which
is Bilua.

The grammar presented here is based on the dialect of the Bilua area,
which is regarded as standard by local people, probably because
Methodist missionaries who arrived early in the twentieth century
regarded it as the language of the island.

In the past, the Austronesian language Roviana was used as a lingua
franca in the region and so older people on Vella La Vella speak
Roviana as well as Bilua. However, the role of Roviana has been taken
over by Solomon Islands Pidgin which is used in primary schools and in
church ceremonies which are central to the lives of people in Vella La
Vella. There is a high rate of intermarriage between Vella La Vella
people and people from other islands and mixed couples communicate in
Bilua, Pidgin, or one of the other Solomons languages. Pidgin words
are mixed into Bilua and sometimes people switch from one language to
another in their speech. Thus the Bilua language is changing because
of the influence of Pidgin, and, although the population of Vella La
Vella is increasing rapidly, Bilua is endangere

Lingfield(s): Language Description
			 
Subject Language(s): Bilua (Language code: BLB)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=7092.

			
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

-------------------------- Major Supporters --------------------------
Blackwell Publishing http://www.blackwellpublishing.com
Cambridge University Press http://www.cup.org
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd http://www.continuumbooks.com
Elsevier Ltd. http://www.elsevier.com/locate/linguistics
John Benjamins http://www.benjamins.com/
Kluwer Academic Publishers http://www.wkap.nl/
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates http://www.erlbaum.com/
Lincom GmbH www.lincom-europa.com
MIT Press http://mitpress.mit.edu/
Mouton de Gruyter http://www.mouton-publishers.com
Oxford University Press http://www.oup-usa.org/
Pacini Editore Spa http://www.pacinieditore.it/index_dinamico.htm
Rodopi http://www.rodopi.nl/
Routledge (Taylor and Francis) http://www.routledge.com/

---------------------- Other Supporting Publishers ----------------------
CSLI Publications http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/
Canadian Journal of Linguistics
Cascadilla Press http://www.cascadilla.com/
Evolution Publishing http://www.evolpub.com
Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass http://server102.hypermart.net/glsa/index.htm
International Pragmatics Assoc. http://ipra-www.uia.ac.be/ipra/
Linguistic Assoc. of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/
Multilingual Matters http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
Pacific Linguistics http://pacling.anu.edu.au/
Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com
Pearson Longman http://www.pearsoneduc.com/discipline.asp?d=LG
SIL International http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp
St. Jerome Publishing Ltd. http://www.stjerome.co.uk
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/