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Title: Tokelauan 
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 58  

Publication Year: 2008 
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
	   http://www.lincom.eu
	
Author: Robin Hooper

Paperback: ISBN: 3929075415  Pages: 48 Price: Europe EURO 38.60


Abstract:

Tokelau comprises three atolls, Atafu, Nukunono and Fakaofo, situated 750
miles northwest of Samoa. Tokelauan belongs to the Polynesian sub-group of
Austronesian. It is spoken by about approximately 5000 people, of whom
about 1600 live in the atolls, about 3000 in New Zealand, and several
hundred elsewhere in the Pacific region. The phonology and morphology are
typical of Polynesian languages. The main morphological processes are
reduplication, compounding and derivation. Number, tense and aspect are
indicated by particles, and there is little in the way of inflectional
morphology. The pronoun system is complex, and an inclusive-exclusive
distinction is made in dual and plural pronouns. Two types if possession
marking encode a semantic distinction betweeen (loosely) inalienable and
alienable possession.

In most studies of Polynesian languages, the smallest convenient unit of
analysis is taken to be the phrase, and this convention is followed here.
Sections on the structure of the noun phrase and the verb phrase are
followed by a description of clause structure. All clauses contain a
predicate, of which there are several different types: verbal, locative,
existential, possessive, and nominal. Noun phrase relations in the clause
are indicated by prepositions, and verbal clauses have the ergative
case-marking typical of Western Polynesian languages. Nominalisation,
complementation, and kinds of clause combination are briefly described.
Although Tokelauan is typologically verb initial, noun phrase initial
clauses are common owing to pragmatic and discourse factors such as
topicalization and focussing.

2nd printing 2008. 



Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                     Typology

Subject Language(s): Tokelauan (tkl)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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