Title: A Grammar of Neve'ei, Vanuatu
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
Author: Jill Musgrave
Paperback: ISBN: 9780858835 Pages: 146 Price: AUS $ 36.00
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The Neve'ei language is a member of the Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian language family. It is spoken in the village of Vinmavis on the west coast of the island of Malakula in the Republic of Vanuatu in the southwestern Pacific. It is estimated that there are approximately 500 primary speakers of Neve'ei and around 750 speakers in total.
The aim of this work is to present a description of the phonology, morphology and syntax of the Neve'ei language by providing clear statements with appropriate linguistic examples. A synchronic approach is taken with no attempt being made to focus on earlier stages of the history of related languages. Likewise, no attempt is made to focus on linguistic theory or on comparisons of Neve'ei with related languages. However, references to other Oceanic languages and other studies are made where these seem to be particularly relevant to the description of Neve'ei.