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The lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society. Volume 3: Plants (review)

The lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society. Volume 3:... OCEANIC LINGUISTICS, VOL. 48, NO. 2 Malcolm Ross, Andrew Pawley, and Meredith Osmond, eds. 2008. The lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society. Volume 3: Plants. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics 599. xxvii + 537 pp. ISBN 978-085-88-35894. $Aust. 137.50 (Australia), $Aust. 125.00 (elsewhere), paper. Oceanic is an extensive subgroup that contains about 460 of the roughly 1,200 Austronesian languages. As originally conceived, the volume under review was to be the third of five volumes, and was to focus on the lexicon of both plants and animals of Proto-Oceanic, the hypothetical ancestor of the Oceanic languages that entered the western Pacific from insular Southeast Asia around 3400 BP. However, because of the sheer volume of material on the plant world that required comparative linguistic treatment, this volume is concerned exclusively with the terminologies of wild and cultivated plants; and, as a consequence, an additional volume is now planned to cover the faunal terminology of Proto-Oceanic. Although this is not a book that many professional or lay people will read cover to cover, at least not over a short period of time, it is a remarkably large and valuable reference source. The editors and other contributors 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. Volume 3: Plants (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 48 (2) – Jan 28, 2009

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OCEANIC LINGUISTICS, VOL. 48, NO. 2 Malcolm Ross, Andrew Pawley, and Meredith Osmond, eds. 2008. The lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society. Volume 3: Plants. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics 599. xxvii + 537 pp. ISBN 978-085-88-35894. $Aust. 137.50 (Australia), $Aust. 125.00 (elsewhere), paper. Oceanic is an extensive subgroup that contains about 460 of the roughly 1,200 Austronesian languages. As originally conceived, the volume under review was to be the third of five volumes, and was to focus on the lexicon of both plants and animals of Proto-Oceanic, the hypothetical ancestor of the Oceanic languages that entered the western Pacific from insular Southeast Asia around 3400 BP. However, because of the sheer volume of material on the plant world that required comparative linguistic treatment, this volume is concerned exclusively with the terminologies of wild and cultivated plants; and, as a consequence, an additional volume is now planned to cover the faunal terminology of Proto-Oceanic. Although this is not a book that many professional or lay people will read cover to cover, at least not over a short period of time, it is a remarkably large and valuable reference source. The editors and other contributors

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 28, 2009

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