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        1.    Sheena Van Der Mark, A Grammar of Vinitiri: An Austronesian language from Papua New Guinea

Message 1: A Grammar of Vinitiri: An Austronesian language from Papua New Guinea
Date: 02-Feb-2008
From: Sheena Van Der Mark <S.VanDerMarklatrobe.edu.au>
Subject: A Grammar of Vinitiri: An Austronesian language from Papua New Guinea
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Institution: La Trobe University
Program: Research Center for Linguistic Typology
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Sheena C. Van Der Mark

Dissertation Title: A Grammar of Vinitiri: An Austronesian language from Papua New Guinea

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Dissertation Director:
R. M. W. Dixon
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis is a grammar of Vinitiri, an Austronesian language spoken in
East New Britain, Papua New Guinea by approximately 2,000 people. It is
based primarily on data collected in the villages of Kabaira and Vunamarita
during three fieldtrips between 2003 and 2006.

The grammar consists of 17 chapters. It begins with an introductory chapter
describing the linguistic profile of Vinitiri, how the language is used in
everyday life and the fieldwork setting. Chapter 2 describes the phonology
and phonetics followed by a chapter discussing the notion of the 'word' in

Chapters 4 through 8 discuss the main word classes in Vinitiri. Pronouns
are discussed in chapter 4, demonstratives in chapter 5, nouns (and the
noun phrase) in chapter 6, adjectives (which are a small closed class) are
discussed in chapter 7 and verbs are discussed in chapter 8.

Chapters 9 through 12 describe the syntax of Vinitiri. The structure of the
predicate is presented in chapter 9, basic clause types are discussed in
chapter 10, sentence types (mood) are discussed in chapter 11 and
interclausal relations (including complement and relative clauses) are
discussed in chapter 12.

The following three chapters examine aspects of the Vinitiri grammar from a
functional perspective. Chapter 13 looks at the concept of number in
Vinitiri, chapter 14 examines spatial reference, and chapter 15 discusses

Chapter 16 looks at the different types of reduplication in Vinitiri, and
also discusses repetition. The thesis concludes with a chapter on the
sociolinguistic factors surrounding Vinitiri, including its relationship
with the creole Tok Pisin and the related language Kuanua.

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