Abau grammar sketch by Arnold (Arjen) Hugo Lock (review)

Abau grammar sketch by Arnold (Arjen) Hugo Lock (review) 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Abau grammar sketch by Arnold (Arjen) Hugo Lock (review)

Oceanic Linguistics, Volume 52 (1) – Jul 16, 2013

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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

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