This is the third in a series of six 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 3 examines the terms that Proto Oceanic speakers used to name plants
and parts of plants. After the general introduction to the series, Chapter
2 places Proto Oceanic plant naming within its biogeographic and
ethnographic context, Chapter 3 examines its major plant categories from an
ethnobotanical standpoint, and Chapter 4 reconstructs terms for parts of
plants. Chapters 5-8 present reconstructed names of wild plants, organised
by vegetation habitat: the coastal strand, mangrove swamp, rain forest and
secondary forest. Chapters 9-13 investigate the naming of cultivated
plants: staple foods, green vegetables, nut and fruit trees, the coconut
and a variety of cultivated non-food plants.