Author: René van den Berg
Author: Peter Bachet
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This is the first description of Vitu, an Oceanic Austronesian language spoken on islands northwest of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. A first-order member of the Meso-Melanesian linkage, Vitu is a conservative Oceanic language showing many typical Oceanic features such as dual pronouns, a complex possessive system, prenominal articles, reduplication and verb serialisation. Vitu is unusual in its lack of the phoneme /s/, the absence of classifiers, the presence of a clear morphological passive and the widespread and multifaceted use of tense-aspect-sequentiality markers. The grammar is thoroughly data-driven and includes two interlinearised folk tales.