[An-lang] Maisin: A Grammatical Description

René van den Berg rene_vandenberg at sil.org
Thu Feb 4 05:43:32 UTC 2021

SIL International is happy to announce the following publication:


Frampton, Joanna Margarat. 2020. Maisin: A Grammatical Description of an
Oceanic Language in Papua New Guinea. SIL e-Books 76. xii, 129 pp.


This is a revised MA thesis, defended at the University of Otago (New
Zealand), available online at

Maisin: A Grammatical Description of an Oceanic Language in PNG is a
descriptive study of the Maisin language [mbq] spoken in Collingwood Bay on
the north coast of Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, with particular treatment
of those features that distinguish the language from other Austronesian
languages within the Papuan Tip cluster. 
Some of the distinctive features of Maisin described include: its topic and
focus marking system; its use of postpositional phrases (showing
proto-Austronesian forms, but following Papuan categories); chaining of
coordinate dependent clauses preceding an independent clause; marking of
tense, mood and aspect by suffixes rather than by prefixes; the existence of
a closed set of intransitive verbs which mark subject person and number by
suffixation only; and a typically Papuan style marking of medial and final
verbs in serial verb constructions.

After providing an overview of the phonology and syntactic structure of the
language, the author concludes by giving attention to the topic and focus
marking system, and some tentative suggestions regarding the interaction of
these markers within the information structure system of the language.


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