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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Towards a Lexicogrammar of Mekeo, an Austronesian Language of West Central Papua Add Dissertation
Author: Alan Jones Update Dissertation
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Institution: Australian National University, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Completed in: 1994
Linguistic Subfield(s): Syntax; Typology;
Subject Language(s): Mekeo
Director(s): Darrell Tryon
Andrew Pawley
Tom Dutton

Abstract: In this dissertation the author describes and compares the four dialects of Mekeo, an Oceanic (i.e. Austronesian) language spoken in the extreme west of Central Province, on the southern coast of Papua, in Papua New Guinea. The four dialects vary widely in terms of mutual intelligibility. The author shows that Mekeo is a predominantly head-marking head-final language. Nominals (bare roots) without case marking function either as cataphoric topics, corresponding to unspecified pronominal arguments affixed to the verb word; or as nominal predicates. High levels of homophony and polysemy, and of referential indeterminacy complicate
everyday communication.