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Fijian Reference Grammar by Albert J. Schütz (review)

Fijian Reference Grammar by Albert J. Schütz (review) Albert J. Schütz. 2014. Fijian Reference Grammar. Honolulu: Pacific Voices. xxxvii + 453 pp. ISBN 978-149-92-5788-5. $25.00, paper. The Fijian Reference Grammar (FRG) is a second edition (revised and corrected) of a volume that first appeared in 1985 as The Fijian Language (TFL). Like the first edition, A. J. Schütz (AJS) intends FRG to be a comprehensive description of the language, to be used by the general public interested in Standard Fijian (SF). It is not a pedagogical grammar (there are no drills or exercises), and it develops insightful analyses to complement and elucidate complex aspects of the descriptive work. FRG makes use of the major grammars that existed before 1985 and other published works, but for the most part its content reflects the many years AJS and his collaborators (including native Fijian speakers) spent in the field documenting the language. FRG's methodology avoids translation analysis, taking the use of language in its communicative context as the starting point for the investigation. It provides rich and detailed semantic analyses of the constructions under consideration, which complement the more usual formal and structural treatments. The book is divided into five sections, preceded by an introductory chapter. Section I is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Fijian Reference Grammar by Albert J. Schütz (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 54 (1) – Jul 21, 2015

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Albert J. Schütz. 2014. Fijian Reference Grammar. Honolulu: Pacific Voices. xxxvii + 453 pp. ISBN 978-149-92-5788-5. $25.00, paper. The Fijian Reference Grammar (FRG) is a second edition (revised and corrected) of a volume that first appeared in 1985 as The Fijian Language (TFL). Like the first edition, A. J. Schütz (AJS) intends FRG to be a comprehensive description of the language, to be used by the general public interested in Standard Fijian (SF). It is not a pedagogical grammar (there are no drills or exercises), and it develops insightful analyses to complement and elucidate complex aspects of the descriptive work. FRG makes use of the major grammars that existed before 1985 and other published works, but for the most part its content reflects the many years AJS and his collaborators (including native Fijian speakers) spent in the field documenting the language. FRG's methodology avoids translation analysis, taking the use of language in its communicative context as the starting point for the investigation. It provides rich and detailed semantic analyses of the constructions under consideration, which complement the more usual formal and structural treatments. The book is divided into five sections, preceded by an introductory chapter. Section I is

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Published: Jul 21, 2015

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