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The ins and outs of up and down: Disentangling the nine geocentric space systems of Torres and Banks languages

Francois, Alexandre


The 17 languages spoken in the Torres and Banks Islands of northern Vanuatu commonly encode spatial relations by means of geocentric (absolute) systems of directionals. These systems all have in common a single cardinal axis oriented northwest–southeast, and at least a second topographical axis, contrasting inland– seawards. While this general profile is typical of Oceanic, a detailed comparison of the 17 languages reveals their internal diversity, with as many as nine distinct...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Asia-Pacific Linguistics / Pacific Linguistics Press
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Access Rights: Open Access


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