The Manambu Language of East Sepik, Papua New Guinea

Paperback | June 17, 2010

byAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald

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This book is the first comprehensive description of the Manambu language of Papua New Guinea and is based entirely on the author's immersion fieldwork. Manambu belongs to the Ndu language family, and is spoken by about 2,500 people in five villages: Avatip, Yawabak, Malu, Apa:n, and Yambon(Yuanab) in East Sepik Province, Ambunti district. Manambu can be considered an endangered language.The Manambu language has many unusual properties. Every noun is considered masculine or feminine. Feminine gender - which is unmarked - is associated with small size and round shape, and masculine gender with elongated shape, large size, and importance. The Manambu culture is centered on ownershipof personal names, and is similar to that of the Iatmul, described by Gregory Bateson.After an introductory account of the language and its speakers, Professor Aikhenvald devotes chapters to phonology, grammatical relations, word classes, gender, semantics, number, case, possession, derivation and compounding, pronouns, morphohology, verbs, mood and modality, negation, clausestructure, pragmatics, discourse, semantics, the lexicon, current directions of change, and genetic relationship to other languages. The description is presented in a clear style in a framework that will be comprehensible to all linguists and linguistically oriented anthropologists.

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This book is the first comprehensive description of the Manambu language of Papua New Guinea and is based entirely on the author's immersion fieldwork. Manambu belongs to the Ndu language family, and is spoken by about 2,500 people in five villages: Avatip, Yawabak, Malu, Apa:n, and Yambon(Yuanab) in East Sepik Province, Ambunti distri...

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Professor and Research Leader (People and Societies of the Tropics) in the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and has published, in Russian, a grammar of Modern Hebrew (1990; second edition 2009). She is a major authori...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:732 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:June 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. The Language, and its Speakers2. Phonology3. Grammatical Relations4. Word Classes5. Gender Marking, Semantics, and Agreement6. Number7. Case Marking8. Possession9. Derivation and Compounding10. Closed Classes11. Predicate Structure and Verb Root Types12. Verbal Categories in Positive Declarative and Interrogative Clauses13. Mood and Modality14. Negation15. Verb Compounding16. Directionals and Valency-Changing Devices17. Complex Predicates18. Clause Linking and Dependent Clauses19. Other Dependent Clauses and Further Features of Clause Linking20. Clause Types and Discourse-Pragmatic Devices21. Issues in Semantics and Features of Lexicon22. Genetic and Areal Relationships, and New Developments in the LanguageTextsVocabularyList of AffixesReferencesIndex of Authors, Languages, and Subjects