By Lichtenberk, Frantisek
Toqabaqita is an Austronesian language spoken by way of nearly 13,000 humans at the island of Malaita within the south-eastern Solomon Islands. This two-volume grammar is the 1st finished description of the language, in response to the author's box paintings. The grammar offers with the phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse styles of the language, in addition to with its touch with Solomon Islands Pijin. it will likely be of distinctive curiosity to typologists and to experts in Austronesian linguistics.
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B. d. unfriendly-EXT-TR ‘be unfriendly to each other’ g. 4): (2-26) /rnn-rn'/ RDP-search ‘keep on searching’ 16 Phonology If, through a morphological process, three identical vowels were to occur next to each other, one of them is deleted: (2-27) a. OBJ ‘cure him/her/it’ b. OBJ ‘instruct him/her how to work’ Lexical morphemes consist of at least two syllables. Some grammatical words are monosyllabic. 5). When they do not cliticize, in very slow speech, such as in hesitation, their vowel is lengthened and they receive some stress.
In some cases, fusion is obligatory. Obligatory fusion involves certain combinations of grammatical words: when two or three such words occur next to each other, fusion must take place. The reduced forms in which morphemes that obligatorily undergo fusion occur are referred to in the grammar as the “combining” forms of those morphemes. ) Fusion is obligatory when certain postverbal particles occur next to each other. A few examples are given in (2-79). ) 36 Phonology (2-79) a. b. n/ and ASRT/INTS c.
Although there is variablity in the degree of fronting even for the same word said on different occasions by different speakers or even by one and the same speaker, there are certain environments that are likely to trigger more fronting than other environments. The degree of fronting tends to be relatively greater in the presence of /+/ in the following, rather than the preceding syllable, and in the presence of a dental consonant between the /a/ and the /+/, again especially if the /+/ is in the following syllable.