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A grammar of Nungon: A Papuan language of northeast New Guinea by Hannah S. Sarvasy (review)

A grammar of Nungon: A Papuan language of northeast New Guinea by Hannah S. Sarvasy (review) Hannah S. Sarvasy. 2017. A grammar of Nungon: A Papuan lan- guage of northeast New Guinea. Grammars and Sketches of the World’s Languages: Mainland and Insular South East Asia. Leiden: Brill. xxi + 637 pp. ISBN 978-90-0433750-3. $167, hardcover. This grammar is a strikingly comprehensive reference grammar of the Papuan lan- guage Nungon, belonging to the Finisterre-Huon family and spoken by just around 1,000 people in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. The book has thirteen chapters covering not only the traditional topics of a reference grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax of phrases and clauses, clause combining) but also aspects of discourse, cultural pragmatics of communication, greeting prac- tices, and nonverbal communication. The book is based on the PhD thesis that the author defended at James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia, in 2015. In its approach to language description and linguistic theory, the book follows the tenets of Basic Linguistic Theory (Dixon 2010). In that respect. but also in the thorough approach to field work and in the deep interest in cultural and social aspects of lan- guages and speech communities, the book clearly and fruitfully reflects the per- spectives of her supervisors R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

A grammar of Nungon: A Papuan language of northeast New Guinea by Hannah S. Sarvasy (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 57 (2) – Dec 12, 2018

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Hannah S. Sarvasy. 2017. A grammar of Nungon: A Papuan lan- guage of northeast New Guinea. Grammars and Sketches of the World’s Languages: Mainland and Insular South East Asia. Leiden: Brill. xxi + 637 pp. ISBN 978-90-0433750-3. $167, hardcover. This grammar is a strikingly comprehensive reference grammar of the Papuan lan- guage Nungon, belonging to the Finisterre-Huon family and spoken by just around 1,000 people in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. The book has thirteen chapters covering not only the traditional topics of a reference grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax of phrases and clauses, clause combining) but also aspects of discourse, cultural pragmatics of communication, greeting prac- tices, and nonverbal communication. The book is based on the PhD thesis that the author defended at James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia, in 2015. In its approach to language description and linguistic theory, the book follows the tenets of Basic Linguistic Theory (Dixon 2010). In that respect. but also in the thorough approach to field work and in the deep interest in cultural and social aspects of lan- guages and speech communities, the book clearly and fruitfully reflects the per- spectives of her supervisors R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 12, 2018

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