A Waskia Grammar Sketch and Vocabulary


Ross, Malcolm; John Natu Paol

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Ross, Malcolm; John Natu Paol. A Waskia Grammar Sketch and Vocabulary. Canberra, Australia: Department of Linguistics; Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University, 1978. Pacific Linguistics | Series B – No. 56. ISBN: 0858831740. pp. v, 199, 17. 4to. Illustrated stiff beige card covers. Black and white charts, tables etc. Contents include: Grammar Sketch; Phrases; Words; Morpheme Categories; Morphonemics et al. Lightest rubbing to the covers, contents bright, clean and unmarked with tight, sound binding; very good+. Scarce. At time of cataloguing this title does not appear amongst the holdings at LAC/BAC. “Waskia is a non-Austronesian language belonging to what Z’graggen (1971) has termed the Kowan language family, a member family of the Isumrud Stock. The only other member of the Kowan Family is Korak. The Isumrud Stock is a part of the Madang-Adelbert Range sub-phylum, which in turn belongs to the Trans-New Guinea phylum which occupies the larger part of mainland New Guinea. Apart from its genetic and typological classification, Waskia has received very little pervious discussion (Z’graggen, 1975a). Capell (1969) placed it in his typological category Biv(a) of languages which prefix the pronoun object to the verbal complex, but as this study will indicate, it properly belongs to his category Biv(d), in which subject, object and tense markers and all suffixal.” Card Covers. (#938) $185.00