The Papuan languages of New Guinea

William A. Foley

This introduction to the descriptive and historical linguistics of the Papuan languages of New Guinea provide an accessible account of one of the richest and most diverse linguistic situations in the world. The Papuan languages number over 700 (or 20 per cent of the world's total) in more than sixty language families. Less than a quarter of the individual languages have yet been adequately documented, and in this sense William Foley's book might be considered premature. However, in the search for language universals and generalisations in linguistic typology, it would be foolhardy to neglect the information that is available. In this respect alone, the present volume, systematically organised on mainly typology principles, is particularly timely and useful. In addition, the processes of linguistic diffusion are present in New Guinea to an extent probably paralleled elsewhere on the globe. The Papuan Languages of New Guinea will be of interest not only to general and comparative linguists and to typologists, but also to sociolinguists and anthropologists for the information it provides on the social dynamics of language content.

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  • List of maps
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations used in glosses
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Language and its social content
  • 3. Phonology
  • 4. Nominals
  • 5. Verbs
  • 6. Syntax
  • 7. Problems of comparative linguistics in Papuan languages
  • 8. Papuan languages and New Guinea prehistory
  • References
  • Language index
  • Subject index.

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書名 The Papuan languages of New Guinea
著作者等 Foley, William A.
Bresnan, J.
Comrie, B.
Dressler, W.
Ewen, C.
Lass, R.
Anderson, S. R.
シリーズ名 Cambridge language surveys
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1986
ページ数 xiii, 305 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521286212
NCID BA00422887
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス