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


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Puluwatese is a member of the complex Chuukic (Trukic) dialect continuum within the Micronesian family. It is spoken by about 1500 people living on the atolls of Puluwat, Pulap and Pulusuk in the central Caroline Islands (Federated States of Micronesia). There is some dialectal variation, and there has also apparently been considerable lexical (and other?) influence from Chuukese (Trukese). This sketch is based on Elbert's (1974) grammar, in which the description of syntax is by a set of phrase structure trees with little textual discussion. A dictionary of the language appeared as Elbert (1972). Descriptions of other Chuukic languages include Dyen (1965) and Goodenough and Sugita (1980) for Lagoon Trukese, Oda (1977) for Pulo Anna and Sohn (1975) for Woleaian.

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