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LINGUIST List 22.3219

Thu Aug 11 2011

Books: Anthropological Ling/Semantics: Ross, Pawley, Osmond (Eds)

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        1.     Julie Manley , The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: Ross, Pawley, Osmond (Eds)

Message 1: The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: Ross, Pawley, Osmond (Eds)
Date: 11-Aug-2011
From: Julie Manley <Julie.Manleyanu.edu.au>
Subject: The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: Ross, Pawley, Osmond (Eds)
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Title: The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic
Subtitle: The culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society. 4: Animals
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics
Published: 2011
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
                http://pacling.anu.edu.au/

Book URL: http://chl.anu.edu.au/pacling/catalogue/book_pages/600-plus/621.html

Editor: Malcolm D. Ross
Editor: Andrew K Pawley
Editor: Meredith Osmond
Paperback: ISBN: 9780858836266 Pages: 602 Price: AUS $ 120.00 Comment: Australia AUD $132.00 (incl. GST)
Abstract:

This is the fourth in a series of seven volumes on the lexicon of Proto
Oceanic, the ancestor of the Oceanic branch of the Austronesian language
family. Each volume deals with a particular domain of culture and/or
environment and consists of a collection of essays each of which presents
and comments on lexical reconstructions of a particular semantic field within
that domain.

Volume 4 examines the terms that Proto Oceanic speakers used to name
animals and parts of animals. After the general introduction to the series,
Chapter 2 presents more than 140 POc reconstructed names for fish, as well
as many additional names attributable to major interstages below POc.
Chapter 3 investigates the retention rates of a sample of 52 POc fish names
and asks why the number of fish names reconstructed for POc is so much
smaller than the number typically distinguished by contemporary Oceanic
languages. Chapter 4 presents reconstructions of terms for aquatic
invertebrates. Chapter 5 deals with terms for mammals, reptiles and
amphibians. Again it is partly about creatures of the sea. Other than New
Guinea, the islands of Oceania have few native land mammals. Chapter 6
deals with names for bird taxa and other terms associated with birds. Chapter
7 is entitled 'Insects and other creepy-crawlies', the latter including non-insect
terrestrial invertebrates: spiders, centipedes, worms, leeches and grubs. The
final chapter of the volume, chapter 8, investigates the semantic histories of
several terms that may have been high-level generics or life-forms in the POc
taxonomy of animals. It looks for recurrent patterns in the way different
languages have extended or reduced the referential range of each of these
terms.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Semantics
Language Family(ies): Austronesian
Areal Regions: Oceania

Written In: English (eng )

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