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Title: The Avava language of Central Malakula (Vanuatu)
Written By: Terry T. Crowley
Edited By: John Lynch
URL: http://www.pacling.com/catalogue/574.html
Description:

Avava currently falls into the category described in Lynch and Crowley
(2001:14–19) as being among the most poorly documented of all languages in
Vanuatu . Published documentation of this language by a linguist is
restricted to two fairly short wordlists in Tryon (1976). In addition to
this recent data, there is also a very small amount of published data on
the Umbbuul variety of this language that can be extracted from Deacon
(1934:125), which derives from his anthropological fieldwork in the area in
1926. This data, however, is restricted to just a small number of kin terms
for each variety, with no other vocabulary having been recorded.

Avava is the primary language today of four villages in central Malakula:
Tisvel, Khatbol, Taremp and Tembimbi. In contrast to the Naman and Tape
languages of Malakula that I have worked on previously, Avava is an
actively spoken language which continues to be passed on to present-day
generations of children in all of these villages.

This is one of four monographs on Malakula languages that Terry Crowley had
been working on at the time of his sudden death in January 2005. One of the
four, Naman: a vanishing language of Malakula (Vanuatu) , had been
submitted to Pacific Linguistics a couple of weeks earlier, and the
remaining three were in various stages of completion, and John Lynch was
asked by the Board of Pacific Linguistics to prepare all four for
publication, both as a memorial to Terry and because of the valuable data
they contain.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Katbol
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 058835649
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