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By Julie Barbour

Neverver is an Oceanic language spoken by way of simply over 500 humans at the excessive island of Malekula in Vanuatu. Drawing on an intensive corpus of box recordings amassed among 2004 and 2008, the research unearths a really attention-grabbing phonological process with six prenasalized segments, wealthy structures of ownership, tense/aspect/mood marking, valence switch, and verb serialization. The grammar is of curiosity to experts in Oceanic and Austronesian linguistics, in addition to to common linguists, specially these drawn to linguistic typology.

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Literacy in education Vernacular literacy is beginning to emerge in pre-school education. Both Limap and Lingarakh villages have locally-run kindergartens. These are ostensibly vernacular kindergartens, established in order to introduce children to formal education through the medium of their indigenous language. The establishment of the kindergartens is in line with the Vanuatu government’s ten-year Education Master Plan (Republic of Vanuatu 1999), whereby the kindergartens are to be established and maintained by the local community with little or no government support.

This has been replaced by English-medium formal education. There is no formal instruction either in the medium of Neverver or with Neverver as a subject. Neverver is used for basic organizational purposes in the local kindergartens, but even at the pre-school age, there is an emphasis on teaching English to prepare children for primary school. This is carried out mostly through the medium of Bislama rather than Neverver. In Lingarakh, Bislama is used by necessity in the kindergarten as there are a number of children in the village who do not speak Neverver.

The overt acknowledgement of the centrality of the speech community in linguistic field research has been motivated in part by the increasing awareness of the need to conduct research in an ethical manner. The idea that fieldwork should be more than simply ‘on’ a language (Cameron et al. 1992: 22–24) has increasingly gained strength. Grinevald (2003) advocates fieldwork that is carried out on a language, for the language community, with speakers of the language community, and where and whenever possible, by community members themselves.

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