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Sivisa Titan: Sketch grammar, texts, vocabulary based on material collected by P. Josef Meier and Po Minis by Claire Bowern (review)

Sivisa Titan: Sketch grammar, texts, vocabulary based on material collected by P. Josef Meier and... Book Reviews Claire Bowern. 2011. Sivisa Titan: Sketch grammar, texts, vocabulary based on material collected by P. Josef Meier and Po Minis. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication No. 38. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, xxii + 466 pp. ISBN 978-082-48-3553-8. $40.00, paper. During the early 1900s, a German missionary, P. Josef Meier, published a series of myths and stories from a language he called "Manus" in the journal Anthropos. The materials were collected by Po Minis from Sivisa Island and standardized to reflect his dialect of the eastern Admiralties language now called Titan--also known as Manus tru `real Manus' to distinguish it from all the other languages spoken in what is now Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. However, Meier provided no linguistic analysis beyond a short wordlist and literal German glosses for each word in the texts. Bowern (B) has now greatly enriched our understanding of this 18,500-word corpus by publishing a three-part volume in English containing a sketch grammar (1­154), Titan­English and English­Titan wordlists (155­209), and the full texts with both morpheme glosses and free translations (213­448). Titan now joins Loniu (Hamel 1994) as one of the most accessibly documented languages of the Admiralties. Nothing comparable has yet http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Sivisa Titan: Sketch grammar, texts, vocabulary based on material collected by P. Josef Meier and Po Minis by Claire Bowern (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 53 (1) – Jul 8, 2014

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Book Reviews Claire Bowern. 2011. Sivisa Titan: Sketch grammar, texts, vocabulary based on material collected by P. Josef Meier and Po Minis. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication No. 38. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, xxii + 466 pp. ISBN 978-082-48-3553-8. $40.00, paper. During the early 1900s, a German missionary, P. Josef Meier, published a series of myths and stories from a language he called "Manus" in the journal Anthropos. The materials were collected by Po Minis from Sivisa Island and standardized to reflect his dialect of the eastern Admiralties language now called Titan--also known as Manus tru `real Manus' to distinguish it from all the other languages spoken in what is now Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. However, Meier provided no linguistic analysis beyond a short wordlist and literal German glosses for each word in the texts. Bowern (B) has now greatly enriched our understanding of this 18,500-word corpus by publishing a three-part volume in English containing a sketch grammar (1­154), Titan­English and English­Titan wordlists (155­209), and the full texts with both morpheme glosses and free translations (213­448). Titan now joins Loniu (Hamel 1994) as one of the most accessibly documented languages of the Admiralties. Nothing comparable has yet

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