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By Julie Barbour

Neverver is an Oceanic language spoken via simply over 500 humans at the excessive island of Malekula in Vanuatu. Drawing on an in depth corpus of box recordings accumulated among 2004 and 2008, the research finds a really fascinating phonological procedure with six prenasalized segments, wealthy structures of ownership, tense/aspect/mood marking, valence switch, and verb serialization. The grammar is of curiosity to experts in Oceanic and Austronesian linguistics, in addition to to basic linguists, in particular these attracted to linguistic typology.

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5. Documenting Neverver 19 In a language documentation, there is an explicit acknowledgement of collaboration with a given speech community. Community-oriented outputs that result from collaboration are considered just as important as the obligatory descriptive grammar. ) defines the aims of language documentation as follows: The aim of a language documentation then, is to provide a comprehensive record of the linguistic practices characteristic of a given speech community. Linguistic practices and traditions are manifest in two ways: 1) the observable linguistic behavior, manifest in everyday interaction between members of the speech community, and 2) the native speakers’ metalinguistic knowledge, manifest in their ability to provide interpretations and systematics for linguistic units and events.

Given the cost of producing television, radio, and newspaper materials, the domain of new media is more likely to be dominated by English, French or even Bislama than in any of the indigenous languages of Vanuatu. At present, new media are less important in the Neverver-speaking region than the traditional oral networks used for distributing information. These oral networks function 12 Introduction effectively in Neverver, in other local languages, and in Bislama, depending on who is passing on information to whom.

Bedford 2006: 259; Bedford et al. 1998: 185). 6 Introduction The current inhabitants of Malekula speak languages belonging to the Oceanic branch of the Austronesian language family (cf. Lynch, Ross and Crowley 2002). It has been speculated that all the languages of Malekula may eventually be classified as part of the Oceanic subgroup named the ‘Central Vanuatu Linkage’, along with languages spoken on the islands of southern Pentecost, Ambrym, Epi, the Shepherd Islands, Nguna, and the northern parts of Efate (Lynch, Ross and Crowley 2002: 112–113).

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