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Grammar of Boumaa Fijian

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ISBN-10: 0226154297

ISBN-13: 9780226154299

Edition: 1988

Authors: R. M. W. Dixon

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The people who live in the Boumaa region of the Fijian island of Taveuni speak a dialect of Fijian that is mutually intelligible with Standard Fijian, the two differing as much perhaps as do the American and British varieties of English. During 1985, R. M. W. Dixon--one of the most insightful of linguists engaged in descriptive studies today--lived in the village of Waitabu and studied the language spoken there. He found in Boumaa Fijian a wealth of striking features unknown in commonly studied languages and on the basis of his fieldwork prepared this grammar. Fijian is an agglutinating language, one in which words are formed by the profligate combining of morphemes. There are no case inflections, and tense and aspect as shown by independent clitics or words within a predicate complex. Most verbs come in both transitive and intransitive forms, and nouns can be build up regularly from verbal parts and verbs from nouns. The language is also marked by a highly developed pronoun system and by a vocabulary rich in areas of social significance. In the opening chapters, Dixon describes the Islands' political, social, and linguistic organization, outlines the main points of Fijian phonology, and presents an overview of the grammar. In succeeding chapters, he examines a number of grammatical topics in greater detail, including clause and phrase structure, verbal syntax, deictics, and anaphora. The volume also includes a full vocabulary of all forms treated in discussion and three of the fifteen texts recorded from monolingual village elders on which the grammar is based.
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/31/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Organisation and Cross-references
Abbreviations Maps
Introduction
Political organisation
Language and life in Boumaa
Linguistic profile of Fijian
Fijian within the Austronesian language family
Data base for this study
Phonology
Consonants
Vowels and diphthongs
Phonotactics
Stress
Intonation
Diachronic change
Word
Phonological word
Grammatical word
Roots
Affixes
Function items
Pronouns
Syntactic Overview I—Clause and Phrase Structure
Word classes
Predicate structure
Noun phrase structure
Clausal NPs
Other subordinate clauses
Semi-auxiliary verbs "not," "can," etc
Peripheral clause constituents
Fronting
Relative clauses
Derivational affixes
Syntactic Overview II—Verbs
Syntactic orientation of verbs—A and O types
Verbs with two transitive forms
The principles of verbal syntax
Passive
Reduplication
Object incorporation
Va'a- derivations
Pronouns
Meanings
Functions
Forms
Analysis
Third person singular
Deictics
Demonstratives
Forms
Function and meaning
Deictic verbs
Deictic noun
Predicate
Predicate head
Verbs and adjectives as predicate head
Noun phrase as predicate head
Pronoun as predicate head
Prefatory material
Subject pronouns
Tense-apart markers
Discourse markers
Order
Modifiers
Stance-aspect
Finish and start
Locational markers
Directional comparatives
Modal modifiers
Markers of intensity
"All" and "alone"
Other modifiers
Order of modifiers
Adverbs
Noun Phrase
Structure of simple NPs
Structure of complex NPs
Articles
Mataqali "kind of"
Lexical modifiers
Grammatical modifiers and adverbs
Possession
Parameters
Constructions
Alternative realisations
NP niNP
Bound nouns
Existential constructions of "having"
Clausal NPs
Structure
Function
Classifiers
With nouns
With adjectives
With verbs
Particular classifier contrasts
Numbers
The number system
Syntax
As predicate head
In a noun phrase
In a prepositional NP
With time and distance words
Lewe13.3. Ordinals
Veimaamaa"half" and fractions
Distributives
Prepositions
Form
Functions of iand mai14.3. 'Ei"together with"
The grammaticisation of baleta
Preposition baleta - baleti"concerning"
Conjunction baleta ni"because"
Time Expressions
Time words
Other time expressions
Interrogatives
Cei "who"
Cava"what, which"
Vei"where"
Vica"how many/much, some"
(Na)ica"when"
'Uca"to do what"; va'a- cava"to do how"
Word Derivations
Prefix vei-, collective
With nouns and time words
With kin terms
With verbs
Vei . . . ya'i/ya'ina"all over the place"
Prefix va'a-, causative, etc
Prefix +i- deverbal