Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The Culture and Environment of Ancestral Oceanic Society. 1. Material Culture (review)

The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The Culture and Environment of Ancestral Oceanic Society. 1.... Malcolm Ross, Andrew Pawley, and Meredith Osmond, eds. 1998. The lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society. 1. Material culture. Series C152. Canberra: Paci²c Linguistics. xxi + 350 pp. A$59.00, paper. I ²nd this work very welcome for a number of reasons. For one thing, in this era when linguists are encouraged to think of languages as no more than so many arbitrarily different encoding systems for the same set of potential propositions, it is particularly gratifying to ²nd a work with this combination of title and subtitle--one that acknowledges the continuity between the language and the culture by which it is shaped and to which it gives expression. For another thing, it offers a conspicuous measure of the magnitude of the progress that has occurred in Oceanic historical linguistics since I ²rst became involved in the ²eld. Back then I would never have imagined that such a work might be possible by the end of the century--if ever. The volume under review is the ²rst of a planned ²ve-volume work. I'm not aware of any other work that is exactly comparable. It amounts to an attempt to reconstruct Proto-Oceanic culture--that is, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The Culture and Environment of Ancestral Oceanic Society. 1. Material Culture (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 39 (1) – Jan 6, 2000

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-hawai-i-press/the-lexicon-of-proto-oceanic-the-culture-and-environment-of-ancestral-bnqg60tYhB
Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 University of Hawai'i Press
ISSN
1527-9421
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Malcolm Ross, Andrew Pawley, and Meredith Osmond, eds. 1998. The lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society. 1. Material culture. Series C152. Canberra: Paci²c Linguistics. xxi + 350 pp. A$59.00, paper. I ²nd this work very welcome for a number of reasons. For one thing, in this era when linguists are encouraged to think of languages as no more than so many arbitrarily different encoding systems for the same set of potential propositions, it is particularly gratifying to ²nd a work with this combination of title and subtitle--one that acknowledges the continuity between the language and the culture by which it is shaped and to which it gives expression. For another thing, it offers a conspicuous measure of the magnitude of the progress that has occurred in Oceanic historical linguistics since I ²rst became involved in the ²eld. Back then I would never have imagined that such a work might be possible by the end of the century--if ever. The volume under review is the ²rst of a planned ²ve-volume work. I'm not aware of any other work that is exactly comparable. It amounts to an attempt to reconstruct Proto-Oceanic culture--that is, the

Journal

Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 6, 2000

There are no references for this article.