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Title: The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The Culture and Environment of Ancestral Oceanic Society
Written By: Meredith Osmond
Malcolm D. Ross
Andrew K Pawley
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This volume, the first of a planned series of five, consists of a number of essays, each dealing with a particular semantic field within the domain of technology and material culture: settlement and building terms (Roger Green and Andrew Pawley), household artefacts including pottery (Meredith Osmond and Malcolm Ross), gardening practices (Meredith Osmond), food preparation (Frantisek Lichtenberk and Meredith Osmond), canoes (Andrew Pawley and Medina Pawley), and fishing and hunting implements (Meredith Osmond). Over 1000 reconstructed terms are listed with supporting evidence. Also included are a brief outline of Proto Oceanic derivation and morphology (Malcolm Ross), a number of maps and an index of reconstructions. This is invaluable reference for anyone working in Oceanic linguistics and archaeology.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Language Family(ies): Oceanic
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ISBN: 085883507X
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Pages: 350pp
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