Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19380
Title: Is it worth documenting "just a dialect"? Making the case for Suru Kavian (Pentecost Island)
Contributor(s): Schneider, Cindy (author)orcid ; Gray, Andrew (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19380
Open Access Link: https://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/bitstream/1885/14819/5/The%20languages%20of%20Vanuatu%202015.pdf
Abstract: Apma, with approximately 8,000 speakers, has three main dialects: Suru Mwerani (SM), Suru Rabwanga (SR), and Suru Kavian (SK). Despite high cognancy rates between SM, SR, and SK, preliminary fieldwork has revealed phonotactic, lexical, and morpho-syntactic differences between SK on the one hand, and SM/SR on the other. SK speakers view their variety as unique, and have expressed a desire to maintain and develop it as distinct from other Apma varieties. This paper explores the unique linguistic features of SK, describes preliminary social and language development questions that have arisen at the outset of the dialect documentation process, reviews how others have incorporated language variation into their grammars, and argues that dialect documentation is worthwhile and important for not only the community of speakers, but also for increasing our understanding of areal language ecology.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Languages of Vanuatu: Unity and Diversity, p. 197-216
Publisher: Asia-Pacific Linguistics
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISBN: 9781922185235
Field of Research (FOR): 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
200406 Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/213587821
http://hdl.handle.net/1885/14819
Series Name: Asia-Pacific Linguistics Open Access Monographs / Studies in the Languages of Island Melanesia
Series Number : AP-L 21 / SLIM 5
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