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Daniel Macdonald and the 'compromise literary dialect' in Efate, central Vanuatu

Thieberger, Nicholas; Ballard, Christopher


Daniel Macdonald, a Presbyterian Church of Victoria missionary to the New Hebrides from 1872 to 1905, developed a particularly strong interest in language. A prodigious author, he published widely and at length on the languages of Efate, and especially those of the Havannah Harbour area where he was stationed. But if his work is recalled today, it is as something of a curio, both for his insistence-archaic even for the times-on a link between ancient Semitic and Efate, and for his vigorous...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceanic Linguistics
DOI: 10.1353/ol.0.0015


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