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Message 1: A Grammar of Abui: Kratochvil
Date: 26-Jun-2007
From: Rianne Giethoorn <>
Subject: A Grammar of Abui: Kratochvil

Title: A Grammar of Abui Subtitle: A Papuan language of Alor Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series Published: 2007 Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Frantisek Kratochvil Paperback: ISBN: Pages: 542 Price: Europe EURO 36.99

This work contains the first comprehensive description of Abui, a languageof the Trans New Guinea family spoken approximately by 16,000 speakers inthe central part of the Alor Island in Eastern Indonesia. The descriptionfocuses on the northern dialect of Abui as spoken in the village Takalelang.

This study is based on primary data collected by the author on Alor. WithPantar island, Alor Island is the western-most area where Papuan languagesare spoken.

Abui syntax is characterized by rigid head-final word order. The languagepresents a number of typologically interesting features such as semanticalignment. Characteristic for Abui is the extensive use of generic verbs.Generic verbs appear as parts of complex verbs or in serial verbconstructions.

This grammar covers the phonology, morphology and basic syntax of Abui. Theappendix contains several Abui texts and word lists.

Not being written against any particular theoretical background, this bookis of interest to scholars of both Papuan and Austronesian languages, aswell as linguistic typology.

Linguistic Field(s): Typology                             Language Description                             Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Abui (abz)
Written In: English (eng )

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