Ulithian

Authored by: John Lynch

The Oceanic Languages

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

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

10.4324/9780203820384.ch43

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Abstract

Ulithian is spoken by about 1000 people on Ulithi and neighbouring atolls just to the west of Yap in the Caroline Islands; there is minor dialectal variation between (a) Falalop and Asor, (b) Fais, and (c) Mogmog, Fassarai and Lodow. Ulithian is a member of the Chuukic (Trukic) subgroup of Micronesian, and is very closely related to, and forms part of the same dialect chain as, Woleaian, Pulo Anna and Sonsorol. This sketch is based on Sohn and Bender's (1973) grammar, the major aim of which was ‘to provide the reader with as much of an overall picture of the language while using a generative-transformational model that was current in the mid-sixties’ (1973:iii).

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