Recently published grammars of Pacific, SE Asian and Australian languages

Malcolm Ross Malcolm.Ross at ANU.EDU.AU
Tue Jan 25 06:26:51 UTC 2000

Pacific Linguistics is a non-profit publisher of materials on
languages of the Pacific, SE Asia and Australia.

We would like to announce the publication during 1999 of the grammars
described below.

These are available from:

Pacific Linguistics
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University
Canberra   ACT   0200

Tel:    +61 (0)2 6249 2742
Fax:    +61 (0)2 6249 4896
E-mail: jmanley at
Publications Administrator
Pacific Linguistics
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University
Canberra   ACT   0200   Australia
Tel:    +61 (0)2 6249 2742
Fax:    +61 (0)2 6249 4896

by language group
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B-115   A Description of Abun: A West Papuan Language of
         Irian Jaya
         Berry, Keith and Christine Berry

This volume presents a description of the phonology,
morphology and grammar of the Abun language, spoken in the
northern Bird's Head region of Irian Jaya.  There is also a
discussion of various clauses types, including relative,
complement and adverbial clauses.
1999    ISBN 0 85883 482 0              xii+236pp
AUS $45.50

C-146   A Grammar of Hatam, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
         Reesink, Ger P.

This volume presents a description of the phonology,
morphology and syntax of Hatam, which is spoken on the
Bird's Head Peninsula of Irian Jaya, Indonesia.  Hatam is a
Papuan language with a basic SVO order, and many verb
sequences.  Phonological features include initial geminates
and an utterance-level stress pattern.  The book contains a
number of annotated text.
1999    ISBN 0 85883 497 9      xv+215pp
AUS$42.50       Weight 600g

C-148   The Interface between Syntax and Discourse in Korafe:
         A Papuan Language of Papua New Guinea
         Farr,  Cynthia J.M.,

This volume presents an overview of the morphological and
syntactic structures of Korafe, a Papuan language spoken in
the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea. Its focus is on the
structure and functions of three types of complex
constructions in sentences and discourse: (1) serial verb
constructions (SVCs), (2) switch reference constructions
(SRCs), and (3) co-ranking constructions. Attention is also
given to defining information units that segment SRCs and
co-ranking structures, and to examining information
packaging in discourse.  Keywords: medial verb, final verb,
serial verb constructions (SVCs), switch-reference
constructions (SRCs), co-ranking constructions (CRSs),
apparently anomalous switch-reference, thematic clause
chain units (TCCUs or information blocks), speech formulas,
chaining paragraphs, thematic paragraphs, scripts.
1999    ISBN 0 85883 499 5      xx+459pp
AUS$70.00       Weight 900g
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C-143   Sinaugoro Grammar, Papua New Guinea
         Tauberschmidt, Gerhard

This volume contains a description of the grammar and
phonology of the Sinaugoro language, which is an Austronesian
language spoken by approximately 15,000 people living in
the Central Province south-east of Port Moresby, Papua New
1999    ISBN 0 85883 490 1
In press

C-155   A Grammar of the Fehan Dialect of Tetun, an
         Austronesian Language of West Timor
         Catherina van Klinken
Tetun is an Austronesian language spoken in the central and
eastern parts of the island of Timor.  It is widely used
throughout East Timor as a lingua franca, in addition to
being a first language in some regions.  this description
comprises a detailed grammar of the conservative Fehan
dialect, spoken near the south coast of West Timor.  It is
primarily based on a  corpus of spoken and written texts,
supplemented by elicitation and daily exposure to the
language.  The description covers a phonology and morphology,
  as well as phrase, clause and sentence-level syntax.
         This is the first detailed grammar of any of the
dozen or so Austronesian language spoken in central and
eastern Timor.  It complements earlier Dutch descriptions
of Dawan and Roti, spoken in West Timor and the neighbouring
island of Roti respectively.
1999    In press.

C-156   Ura: A Disappearing Language of Southern Vanuatu
         Crowley, Terry

This description comprises a detailed grammar sketch of the
moribund Ura language of southern Vanuatu, along with a
compilation of texts, as well as the author's entire lexical
corpus.  Given that Crowley was working with a small group
of elderly speakers, it is likely that this account with
represent the final word on this language.  Until the 1970s,
the languages of southern Vanuatu represented one of the
least-known groupings of Oceanic languages, but descriptive
work in the last two decades has resulted in this being one
of the more comprehensively described groupings, with this
description filling one of the remaining gaps in our
1999    ISBN 0 85883 520 7      xiii+226pp (maps)
AUS$45.00       Weight 500g

D-93    Grammatical Relations in Bahasa Indonesia
         Vamarasi, Marit Kana

This is an analysis of the sentential syntax of Bahasa
Indonesia from the theoretical perspective of Relational
Grammar.  Separate chapters deal with intransitive verbs
and the Unaccusative Hypothesis, advancements to subject
(passive), advancements to direct object, ke- -an
adversatives and clause union, ascensions, and equi
constructions. The syntactic functions of the affixes di-,
meN-, -i, -kan, per- -an, peN- -an, and ke- -an are all
In press

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C-150   A Grammar  of the Wirangu Language from the West
         Coast of South Australia
         Hercus,  L.A.

This book contains a grammar and vocabulary of an endangered
language, the Wirangu language of the west coast of South
Australia.  The work discusses similarities between Wirangu
and other South Australian Aboriginal languages.
1999    ISBN 0 85883 505 3      xxii+217pp
AUS$43.50       Weight 600g

C-154   The Yorta Yorta (Bangerang) Language of the Murray
         Goulburn Including Yabula Yabula
         Bowe, Heather and Morey, Stephen

This work on Yorta Yorta was begun in response to an
invitation by Yorta Yorta woman Lois Peeler to review the
available written material on Yorta Yorta to complement the
Yorta Yorta language knowledge of her mother, Mrs Geraldine
Briggs, O.A., and to compile a resource book on Yorta Yorta
for language revival purposes.
ISBN 0 85883 513 4      xiii+286pp
AUS$51.00       Weight 600g

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