Lock, Arnold (Arjen) Hugo. 2011. Abau grammar sketch. Data Papers on Papua New Guinea Languages 57. Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea: SIL-PNG Academic Publications. xiv + 487 pp. http://www.sil.org/pacific/png/abstract.asp?id=928474542179. The title of this book truly undersells it--this is not a mere grammar sketch of Abau, but a full grammar and a fine one at that, which clearly lays out the structure of this fascinating and typologically unusual Papuan language. Abau is spoken in a huge swath of territory along the Sepik River and its southern tributaries, from just west of where the Yellow River joins the Sepik River, all the way to the Indonesian border. Along with the Wogamusin family and the Iwam family (each consisting of two languages), it is a coordinate member of the Upper Sepik subfamily of the large Sepik family (Foley 2005). I cannot possibly do justice to such a detailed work as this in a short review, so I will concentrate on the unusual typological properties of Abau, both within a specific Papuan context and also more widely. Abau has one of the simplest systems of phonemic consonants among Papuan languages, and indeed the world: (1) p k s h m n r w
Oceanic Linguistics – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jul 16, 2013
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera