Authored by: Malcolm Ross

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858


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‘Ala‘ala is a member of the Central Papuan family of the Papuan Tip cluster and is spoken by about 4,000 people living in villages on and near the coast about 100 to 150km northwest of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. The dialect described here is spoken in the coastal village of ‘Ala‘ala, and the language has been variously referred to in the literature as Lala, Nara or Pokau. Like other Central Papuan languages, but unlike most Oceanic languages, ‘Ala‘ala is quite strongly head-final in structure.

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