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Title: Vitu Grammar Sketch
Written By: René van den Berg
Peter Bachet
URL: http://www.sil.org/pacific/png/abstract.asp?id=475
Series Title: Data papers on Papua New Guinea languages, volume 51
Description:

This is the first description of Vitu, an Oceanic Austronesian language
spoken on islands northwest of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. A
first-order member of the Meso-Melanesian linkage, Vitu is a conservative
Oceanic language showing many typical Oceanic features such as dual
pronouns, a complex possessive system, prenominal articles, reduplication
and verb serialisation. Vitu is unusual in its lack of the phoneme /s/, the
absence of classifiers, the presence of a clear morphological passive and
the widespread and multifaceted use of tense-aspect-sequentiality markers.
The grammar is thoroughly data-driven and includes two interlinearised folk
tales.

This book is available electronically at
http://www.sil.org/pacific/png/abstract.asp?id=475

A bound paper copy can be obtained through lr-dats@sil.org.pg.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: SIL International Publications
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Muduapa
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ISBN: 9980032073
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