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By Julie Barbour

Neverver is an Oceanic language spoken by way of simply over 500 humans at the excessive island of Malekula in Vanuatu. Drawing on an in depth corpus of box recordings gathered among 2004 and 2008, the research unearths a really fascinating phonological procedure with six prenasalized segments, wealthy structures of ownership, tense/aspect/mood marking, valence switch, and verb serialization. The grammar is of curiosity to experts in Oceanic and Austronesian linguistics, in addition to to normal linguists, specially these drawn to linguistic typology.

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Chief Jacob's work eventually stalled as his writing system did not gain currency with the community. Only those hymns that were taught orally were successfully learned by community members. 16 Introduction Chief Jacob faced many linguistic and personal problems while working alone; he has been able to address these problems through me, in my role as visiting linguist. In consultation with community members, I have developed a draft orthography for use in the larger language documentation project.

In the future, it is likely that access to media technology will continue to increase, even in the more remote villages of Malekula. Given the cost of producing television, radio, and newspaper materials, the domain of new media is more likely to be dominated by English, French or even Bislama than in any of the indigenous languages of Vanuatu. At present, new media are less important in the Neverver-speaking region than the traditional oral networks used for distributing information. These oral networks function 12 Introduction effectively in Neverver, in other local languages, and in Bislama, depending on who is passing on information to whom.

4. The language permits sequences of consonants, both geminate and heterogeneous. Vowels can also form heterogeneous sequences. , play a central role in the form of attested lexical items as well as in prefixation processes discussed in subsequent chapters. , apply in the language. The most important processes are neutralization and epenthesis. ) are far more important, and enable speakers to distinguish between certain types of constructions. 9. 1. The consonant inventory Table 4. 2. Distinctive features for Neverver consonants  25 Neverver has nineteen consonant segments.

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