Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits, Volume 3: Linguistics

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Alfred Cort Haddon (1855–1940) was a highly influential British anthropologist and ethnologist who was instrumental in the foundation of a school of anthropology at Cambridge University. During 1898 and 1899, Haddon led an expedition which conducted ethnographical research in the Torres Strait, New Guinea, and Borneo. The main results of this expedition were compiled in a series of volumes, written by various contributors. Originally published in 1907, this is the third in that series. It was written entirely by Sidney H. Ray (1858–1939), a prominent member of the expedition and a renowned scholar of Melanesian languages. The text contains information on a broad variety of languages from the region, including grammatical guides and vocabularies. This is a fascinating book that will be of value to anyone with an interest in linguistics, anthropology, or ethnology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521179874
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Pages: 546
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Languages of Torres Straits: 1. Introduction; 2. A grammar of the language spoken by the western islanders of Torres Straits; 3. A grammar of the Miriam language spoken by the eastern islanders of Torres Straits; 4. A vocabulary of the language of Mabuiag; 5. A vocabulary of the Miriam language spoken by the eastern islanders of Torres Straits; 6. A list of introduced and adapted words; 7. An English index to the Mabuiag and Miriam vocabularies; 8. The literature of the western islanders of Torres Straits; 9. The literature of the eastern islanders of Torres Straits; 10. The jargon English of Torres Straits; 11. The gesture language of the western islanders C. G. Seligmann and A. Wilkin; 12. The gesture language of the eastern islanders A. C. Haddon; 13. Fire signals in Torres Straits C. G. Seligmann and A. C. Haddon; Part II. The Languages of Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland: 14. Introduction; 15. Structure of the languages; 16. The Yaraikăna language of Cape York; 17. Vocabulary of the Otati language spoken at Cape Grenville C. G. Seligmann and G. Pimm; 18. A short comparative vocabulary of the Languages of Cape York Peninsula; Part III. The Languages of British New Guinea: 19. Introduction; 20. Classification; 21. Geographical distribution of the Papuan and Melanesian languages of British New Guinea; 22. Papuan languages west of the Fly River; 23. A grammar of the Kiwai language with notes on the Mawata dialect; 24. The languages of the Papuan Gulf; 25. Grammar notes on the Namau language spoken in the Purari Δ; 26. A grammar of the Toaripi language spoken at the eastern end of the Gulf of Papua; 27. Papuan languages of the central British New Guinea; 28. Grammar notes on the Koita language spoken in the Central District, British New Guinea; 29. Papuan languages of the north eastern coast; 30. Grammar Notes on the Binandele language spoken in the north east of British New Guinea; 31. Papuan languages of the south eastern coast and Louisiade Archipelago; 32. A comparative vocabulary of the Papuan languages of British New Guinea; 33. The Melanesian languages of British New Guinea; 34. Phonology of the Melanesian languages of British New Guinea; 35. A comparative grammar of the Melanesian languages of British New Guinea; 36. Numeration and numerals in the Melanesian languages of British New Guinea; 37. Comparative vocabulary of the Melanesian languages of British New Guinea; Part IV. The Linguistic Position of the Languages of Torrres Straits, Australia, and British New Guinea: 38. Introduction; 39. Linguistic position of the languages of Torres Straits; 40. Linguistic position of the Australian languages; 41. Linguistic position of the Papuan languages; 42. Linguistic position of the Melanesian languages of British New Guinea; 43. General linguistic summary; Maps.

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