Listing of Oceanic Languages, By Subgroup

Authored by: John Lynch , Malcolm Ross , Terry Crowley

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.ch49

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Abstract

This listing includes all Oceanic languages that we are aware of, together with alternative language names found in the literature (in parentheses) and references to descriptive works (in square brackets). The languages are arranged in the subgroups presented in Chapter 5. Other Oceanists will not always agree with our nomenclature or with our decisions about what is a language or a dialect: this is inevitable in an area where speakers often have no name for their own language and where the absence of ‘standard languages’ often makes it difficult to decide where a different language begins.

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