A Grammar of Toqabaqita (Mouton Grammar Library) by Lichtenberk, Frantisek

By Lichtenberk, Frantisek

Toqabaqita is an Austronesian language spoken through nearly 13,000 humans at the island of Malaita within the south-eastern Solomon Islands. This two-volume grammar is the 1st entire description of the language, in keeping with the author's box paintings. The grammar offers with the phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse styles of the language, in addition to with its touch with Solomon Islands Pijin. will probably be of targeted curiosity to typologists and to experts in Austronesian linguistics.

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Within Austronesian, Toqabaqita is a member of the Oceanic subgroup. 2, respectively. 2. Previous studies of the language The first description of the grammar of the language is Ray’s (1926: 498–513) sketch, which appears to be based primarily on a translation of the New Testament (Na alaofua falu: …. (1923 [1977]),1 and on the translations of the Gospels from 1914 and 1918. Ray calls the language Malu, Malu’u being the site of a South Sea Evangelical Mission station. There is a typescript of a Malu’u Dictionary, dated 1924, produced by the South Sea Evangelical Mission.

677677/ 15 ‘be soft’ Sequences of two or more non-identical vowels occur within morphemes, each vowel forming a syllable of its own. (2-23) a. c. e. ’ b. d. f. /bn'/ ‘puff up’ /0'n/ ‘collapse’ /lala+a/ ‘ginger’ Across morpheme boundaries, sequences of more than two vowels that are not all identical are common: (2-24) a. b. c. sb. sb-LIP ‘take advantage of others’ On the other hand, at most two identical vowels can occur next to each other within morphemes and across morpheme boundaries. (2-25) a.

Hard ‘keep on making sb. 3 Stress b. ‹r7] However, in a number of words the reduplicants are monosyllabic. The first syllable of the word receives stress, but there is no stress on the first syllable of the base, because two adjacent syllables cannot be stressed, except in cases of vowel elision; see rule III further above. In (2-59d) it is the second rather than the first syllable of the base that is stressed. (2-51) a. /tn-tnl+/ [tnptnl+] RDP-descend ‘landslip, landslide’ b. c. OBJ ‘keep calling him/her for help’ d.

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