By Åshild Næss,Even Hovdhaugen
Vaeakau-Taumako, sometimes called Pileni, is a Polynesian Outlier language spoken within the Reef and Duff Islands within the Solomon Islands' Temotu Province. this is often a space of serious linguistic variety and long-standing language touch which has had far-reaching results at the linguistic scenario.
Historically, audio system of Vaeakau-Taumako have been shipbuilders and navigators who made exchange voyages through the sector, bringing them into consistent touch with audio system of the Reefs-Santa Cruz, Utupua and Vanikoro languages. The latter languages are just distantly relating to Vaeakau-Taumako, making up an only in the near past pointed out first-order subgroup of Oceanic. Polynesian audio system first arrived within the zone a few 700-1000 years in the past from the middle Polynesian parts to the east. whereas this present day so much intra-group verbal exchange happens in Solomon Islands Pijin, usually the placement used to be certainly one of wide multilingualism, and this has left profound lines within the grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako, which exhibits a few structural homes now not identified from different Polynesian languages.
A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako is the main accomplished grammar of any Polynesian Outlier thus far, and the 1st full-length grammar of any language of Temotu Province. in response to vast fieldwork, it really is established as a reference grammar facing all elements of language constitution, from phonology to discourse association, and together with a variety of glossed texts. it is going to be of curiosity to typologists, Oceanic linguists, and researchers attracted to language touch.
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