A sketch of Houailou grammar

  • Houailou is an Oceanic language spoken by approximately 7,000 people in central New Caledonia. Haudricourt, in his classification of the New Caledonia Languages, assigns Houailou to his Southern Group (Haudricourt, 1971). The following grammatical description of Houailou is based primarily on J. de La Fontinelle's La langue de Houailou (La Fontinelle 1976). Since La Fontinellels grammar uses a Pramework that makes comparison of Houailou to other Oceanic-languages rather difficult, it was felt that it might be a worth-while undertaking to rewrite it in a more traditional framework. The main differences between La Fontinelle's treatment of Houailou and its present reinterpretation can be briefly characterized as follows: La Fontinelle begins her description by isolating minimal gramaatical categories and then determitles their cooccurrence privileges in larger constructions. ...

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Author:Frantisek Lichtenberk
Parent Title (English):Working papers in linguistics
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2007/11/26
Year of first Publication:1978
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2007/11/26
Page Number:41
First Page:76
Last Page:116
Signatur: Zsq 6486
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 49 Andere Sprachen / 490 Andere Sprachen
Licence (German):License LogoArchivex. zur Lesesaalplatznutzung § 52b UrhG