The Oceanic Languages

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This new volume of the Language Family Series presents an overview of the Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian languages, spread across a region embracing eastern Indonesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia. It provides sufficient phonological and grammatical data to give typologists and comparativists a good idea of the nature of these languages, and of how much typological variety there is in this single subgroup. The references will allow those interested in particular topics, geographical areas or specific languages to delve further. Divided into two major parts, the first five chapters of the book place the Oceanic languages in their geographic, demographic and social context. Both the place of the Oceanic subgroup within the wider Austronesian family, and the internal subgrouping of Oceanic itself are dealt with. A typological overview of Oceanic languages is provided, as well as an outline of the reconstructed phonology and morphosyntax of Proto Oceanic. The second part of the book consists of grammar sketches of 43 Oceanic languages that are not at all well known in the linguistic literature. For many of these languages, the sketch in this volume is the first grammatical treatment to appear in print.

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Chapter 1 The Oceanic languages
Chapter 2 Sociolinguistic background
Chapter 3 Typological overview
Chapter 4 Proto Oceanic
Chapter 5 Internal subgrouping
The grammar sketches
Listing of Oceanic languages by subgroup
Index to Chapters 15

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John Lynch is a Professor of Epidemiology and Canada Research Chair in Population Health. He was trained in Australia and the US and received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. From 1997-2005 he worked in the Dept. Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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