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The Nalik Language of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea


Craig A. Volker

Most of the languages of Papua New Guinea are still poorly documented. This first grammar of Nalik provides one of the most accessible and detailed descriptions of a New Ireland language, even while English and Tok Pisin are becoming increasingly dominant among the four thousand Nalik speakers. Rejecting the idea of an artificial «standard» form of the language, this volume is unusual in its description of the grammatical variation caused by such a fluid linguistic ecology.