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A Grammar of Bilua: A Papuan Language of the Solomon Islands by Kazuko Obata

By Kazuko Obata

This grammar of Bilua, a revision of the author's PhD thesis, is the 1st accomplished description of the language. Bilua is spoken on Vella los angeles Vella island within the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. in response to the 1976 census there are approximately eighty five vernacular languages indigenous to the Solomon Islands. the vast majority of those are Austronesian, yet between them are 4 Papuan languages, one in all that's Bilua.

The grammar awarded this is in accordance with the dialect of the Bilua sector, that is considered as regular by means of local community, most likely simply because Methodist missionaries who arrived early within the 20th century seemed it because the language of the island.

In the earlier, the Austronesian language Roviana was once used as a lingua franca within the quarter and so older humans on Vella l. a. Vella communicate Roviana in addition to Bilua. notwithstanding, the function of Roviana has been taken over by means of Solomon Islands Pidgin that's utilized in basic faculties and in church ceremonies that are relevant to the lives of individuals in Vella l. a. Vella. there's a excessive expense of intermarriage among Vella los angeles Vella humans and other people from different islands and combined converse in Bilua, Pidgin, or one of many different Solomons languages. Pidgin phrases are combined into Bilua and occasionally humans change from one language to a different of their speech. therefore the Bilua language is altering end result of the impact of Pidgin, and, even if the inhabitants of Vella los angeles Vella is expanding swiftly, Bilua is endangered.

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