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Maori : Critics of the Twentieth Century - Winifred Bauer


Critics of the Twentieth Century

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415022545
Number Of Pages: 640

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Maori, an Eastern Polynesian language, is the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand. With few inflections and the array of grammatical particles characteristic of the Polynesian family, it is readily approachable by the unfamiliar linguist. However, despite recent attempts to revive it, it is presently under threat. It seems likely that the Maori of the future, if it survives, will differ quite considerably from the Maori of the past.
"""Maori" provides the first comprehensive description of the structure of the language, covering syntax, morphology and phonology. It is based on written narrative texts and data elicited from older native-speaking consultants, but includes many comments on the changes in usage currently observable. This discussion, which is illustrated with a wealth of examples, will interest both linguistic theoreticians and descriptive linguists, including language typologists and those interested in the history of the Polynesian-language family. It is also a valuable resource for the study and resuscitation of the Maori language.

Generalp. 1
Structural questionsp. 78
Coordinationp. 121
Negationp. 139
Anaphorap. 148
Reflexivesp. 165
Reciprocalsp. 186
Comparisonp. 189
Equativesp. 193
Possessionp. 197
Emphasisp. 216
Topicp. 236
Heavy shiftp. 241
Other movement processesp. 247
Minor sentence typesp. 253
Operational definitions for word classesp. 254
Inflectionp. 264
Derivational morphologyp. 510
Segmental Phonological Unitsp. 529
Phonotacticsp. 543
Suprasegmentalsp. 555
Segmental morphophonologyp. 563
Suprasegmental morphophonologyp. 574
Ideophones and Interjections
Ideophonesp. 578
Interjectionsp. 579
Structured semantic fieldsp. 580
Basic vocabularyp. 588
Textual sourcesp. 594
Bibliographyp. 596
Indexp. 601
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ISBN: 9780415022545
ISBN-10: 0415022541
Series: Critics of the Twentieth Century
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 16th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.51
Weight (kg): 1.07
Edition Number: 1