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A Dictionary of Vures, Vanuatu

A Dictionary of Vures, Vanuatu

By Catriona Malau

Paperback / softback | ISBN 9781760464608

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This is a trilingual dictionary of Vures, with meanings provided in both English and Bislama, the national language of Vanuatu. Vures is an Oceanic language spoken on the island of Vanua Lava in Vanuatu. The dictionary is a companion volume to A Grammar of Vures, Vanuatu (Malau 2016). There is no established tradition of writing in Vures and most speakers are not literate in their own language. This dictionary is intended to have a dual purpose: to support the learning of literacy skills in the Vures community, and as a reference work for linguists.

There are four parts to the dictionary. The main part is the most comprehensive and provides the English and Bislama definitions of Vures words, as well as example sentences for many of the entries, additional encyclopaedic information, scientific names for identified species, lexical relations, and etymological information for some entries. The dictionary contains approximately 3,500 headwords and has a strong emphasis on flora and fauna with close to a third of the entries belonging to these semantic domains. The dictionary has benefited from collaboration with a marine biologist and botanists, who have provided scientific identifications for named species. The main dictionary is followed by English-Vures and Bislama-Vures finderlists. The final part of the dictionary is a thesaurus, in which Vures words are grouped according to semantic categories. The thesaurus has been included primarily so that it can be used to support teaching of literacy skills and cultural knowledge within the community.


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Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781760464608
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Publisher: ANU Press
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