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The languages of Vanuatu: Unity and diversity

dc.contributor.authorFrançois, Alexandre
dc.contributor.authorLacrampe, Sebastien
dc.contributor.authorFranjieh, Michael
dc.contributor.authorSchnell, Stefan
dc.identifier.isbn9781922185235 (ebook)
dc.description.abstractWith an estimated 138 different indigenous languages, Vanuatu is the country with the highest linguistic density in the world. While they all belong to the Oceanic family, these languages have evolved in three millennia, from what was once a unified dialect network, to the mosaic of different languages that we know today. In this respect, Vanuatu constitutes a valuable laboratory for exploring the ways in which linguistic diversity can emerge out of former unity. This volume represents the first collective book dedicated solely to the languages of this archipelago, and to the various forms taken by their diversity. Its ten chapters cover a wide range of topics, including verbal aspect, valency, possessive structures, numerals, space systems, oral history and narratives. The languages of Vanuatu: Unity and Diversity provides new insights onto the many facets of Vanuatu’s rich linguistic landscape.
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT : Asia-Pacific Linguistics, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
dc.rightsCopyright in this edition is vested with the author(s)
dc.subjectHistorical linguistics--Vanuatu
dc.subjectLinguistic analysis (Linguistics)
dc.titleThe languages of Vanuatu: Unity and diversity
local.type.statusPublished Version
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenanceAsia-Pacific Linguistics / Pacific Linguistics Open Access Project
dc.rights.licenseReleased under Creative Commons License (Attribution 4.0 International)
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