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Message 1: Towards a Lexicogrammar of Mekeo, an Austronesian Language of West Central Papua

Date: 06-Nov-2004
From: Alan Jones <alan.jonesmq.edu.au>
Subject: Towards a Lexicogrammar of Mekeo, an Austronesian Language of West Central Papua


Institution: Australian National University
 Program: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies 
 Dissertation Status: Completed 
 Degree Date: 1994 
 
 Author: Alan A. Jones
 
 Dissertation Title: Towards a Lexicogrammar of Mekeo, an Austronesian Language
 of West Central Papua 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Language Description; Semantics;
 Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Typology 
 
 Subject Language(s):
 Mekeo (Code: MEK) 
 
 Dissertation Director(s):
 Tom E. Dutton
 Darrell T. Tryon
 Andrew Pawley
 
 Dissertation Abstract:
 
 In this dissertation the author describes and compares the four dialects of
 Mekeo, an Oceanic (i.e. Austronesian) language spoken in the extreme west
 of Central Province, on the southern coast of Papua, in Papua New Guinea.
 The four dialects vary widely in terms of mutual intelligibility. The
 author shows that Mekeo is a predominantly head-marking head-final
 language. Nominals (bare roots) without case marking function either as
 cataphoric topics, corresponding to unspecified pronominal arguments
 affixed to the verb word; or as nominal predicates. High levels of
 homophony and polysemy, and of referential indeterminacy complicate
 everyday communication.
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