Naman, the subject of this linguistic description, is a moribund language
that is spoken on the island of Malakula in the Republic of Vanuatu .
Vanuatu is located in the southwest Pacific to the west of Fiji and to the
east of northern Queensland (Map 1). Before it gained its independence from
joint colonial control by France and the United Kingdom in 1980, it was
known in English as the New Hebrides and in French as les Nouvelles-Hébrides.
Terry Crowley submitted the manuscript of this book to Pacific Linguistics
just a few weeks before his sudden and untimely death in January 2005.
Terry had been visiting the island of Malakula in Vanuatu since the end of
1999, and had undertaken studies of four languages spoken there: Naman,
Tape and Nese, which are all moribund languages, and Avava, still actively
spoken. Descriptions of all four were well advanced at the time of his
death, though this one was the only one to have been actually submitted for