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Fri Oct 20 2006

Books: Language Description: Cablitz

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Message 1: Marquesan: Cablitz
Date: 19-Oct-2006
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Marquesan: Cablitz

Title: Marquesan Subtitle: A Grammar of Space Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 169 Published: 2006 Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

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Author: Gabriele H. Cablitz Hardback: ISBN: 3110189496 Pages: 702 Price: Europe EURO 128.00

This volume investigates the linguistic and semantic encodings andconceptions of space in the East-Polynesian language Marquesan by focusingon the great variety of language- and culture-specific ways of referring tospace, thus documenting an essential part of human behaviour and everydaycommunication in a South Pacific island population. On the basis of a largecorpus of both natural and elicited spoken language data themorphosyntactic and semantic properties of all relevant lexical andgrammatical units and constructions used for spatial reference are analysedin detail.

Remarkable for this language is the fact that a particular kind of spatialorientation system based on local land-marks of the environment - aso-called 'absolute system' - is used for spatial description even on amicro-level or so-called 'table-top' space. Marquesan - A Grammar of Spaceis the first comprehensive description and in-depth study of spatiallanguage to be found in an Austronesian language. Apart from examining thecomplex sociolin-guistic situation, the degree of language endangerment inthe bilingual speech community and the resulting rapid linguistic change inspatial language use, the book also offers a detailed description of thetheoretical background of 'language and space' research and the linguisticvariability to be found across languages.

Moreover, the volume contains an extensive grammatical sketch of Marquesanwhich complements the language description of the specific domain space ina useful way providing the reader with general insights into one of the notwell documented Oceanic languages.

The volume addresses linguists, psycholinguists, anthro-pologists,fieldworking linguists, and especially Oceanists and Austronesianists.Moreover, it provides important insights for researchers from otherdisciplines that are interested in the study of space.


Chapter 1 Motivations for a study of spaceChapter 2 Ethnographic and linguistic background and methodologyChapter 3 Grammatical sketchChapter 4 Theoretical background of language and space researchChapter 5 Semantic and morphosyntactic analysis of locative constructionsin North MarquesanChapter 6 Modifiers in locative constructionsChapter 7 Usage of locative constructions in large-scaleand small-scalereferenceChapter 8 Summary and conclusion

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description
Subject Language(s): Marquesan, North (mrq)                             Marquesan, South (mqm)
Written In: English (eng )

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