By R. M. W. Dixon
The folks who dwell within the Boumaa area of the Fijian island of Taveuni communicate a dialect of Fijian that's at the same time intelligible with typical Fijian, the 2 differing as a lot might be as do the yankee and British forms of English. in the course of 1985, R. M. W. Dixon—one of the main insightful of linguists engaged in descriptive reports today—lived within the village of Waitabu and studied the language spoken there. He present in Boumaa Fijian a wealth of extraordinary positive factors unknown in typically studied languages and at the foundation of his fieldwork ready this grammar.Fijian is an agglutinating language, one during which phrases are shaped through the profligate combining of morphemes. There aren't any case inflections, and demanding and element as proven by way of self sustaining clitics or phrases inside of a predicate advanced. so much verbs are available either transitive and intransitive types, and nouns might be building up on a regular basis from verbal elements and verbs from nouns. The language is usually marked via a hugely constructed pronoun approach and by way of a vocabulary wealthy in components of social significance.In the hole chapters, Dixon describes the Islands' political, social, and linguistic association, outlines the details of Fijian phonology, and offers an summary of the grammar. In succeeding chapters, he examines a few grammatical subject matters in better aspect, together with clause and word constitution, verbal syntax, deictics, and anaphora. the amount additionally contains a complete vocabulary of all varieties taken care of in dialogue and 3 of the fifteen texts recorded from monolingual village elders on which the grammar is predicated.
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