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By Angela Terrill

Lavukaleve is a Papuan Language spoken at the Russell Islands within the important Province of the Solomon Islands. The phonology and morpho-phonology of Lavukaleve are defined, in addition to arguments adjuncts, the Lavukaleve predicate constitution (including predicate varieties and middle player marking, the contract suffix, concentration structures, stressful, element and temper, word-level derivation, complicated predicates), interclausal syntax, and the Lavukaleve discourse company. The publication features a checklist of affixes, a listing of lexemes, and an appendix with Lavukaleve texts. the knowledge utilized in this paintings used to be accumulated via the writer in the course of 5 box journeys.

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E. in kakal), by implication the gender of the pair is taken to be mixed. 2 Lavukaleve Lavukaleve is the name of the language of the Lavukal people, who belong to Lavukalen, the Russell Islands. These words are analysable: the name of the people consists of the unanalysable stem lavu with a fused plural suffix -kal. The language name consists of lavukal, the name of the people, together with the word ve 'go' (these are two separate words which have fused in this collocation) meaning 'from the Lavukals'.

G. Lincoln [1978]; Wurm [1978]; and Wurm [1982] for an overview). The Austronesian languages of the Solomon Islands can be divided into three major genetic subgroups (Tryon and Hackman 1983: 47-72; Ross 1988): firstly North-West Solomonic, which includes all the Austronesian languages of the Solomon Islands from the north-west, down to just above the southern tip of Santa Isabel. North-West Solomonic is part of the Meso-Melanesian cluster and it also includes languages from Bougainville, New Ireland and so on, and is part of Western Oceanic.

There is a definite article, unlike in almost all Papuan languages. It is marked for gender and number, and is the final member of a noun phrase. Many of the Oceanic languages of the Solomon Islands have definite articles, but they precede, rather than follow, their noun. Nouns are divided into three genders. Gender is a feature common in Papuan languages of the area, and rare in Oceanic languages. 226 Download Date | 7/22/12 1:48 PM 14 Chapter 1 — Introduction participant marking prefixes and suffixes.

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