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Title: The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The Culture and Environment of Ancestral Oceanic Society 3
Subtitle: Plants
Written By: Meredith Osmond
Edited By: Malcolm D. Ross
Andrew K Pawley
Series Title: PL 599
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780858835
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 565
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