Temperature terms in northern Vanuatu

Alex Francois

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    Oceanic languages generally have a small set of lexemes encoding temperature predicates - no more than two or three words in each language. Focusing on a sample of languages from northern Vanuatu, this study describes their temperature terms, analyses the syntax of their various case frames, and highlights relevant semantic contrasts. Their temperature lexicons in this area appear to display a limited array of polysemies across semantic domains - whether compared to other languages of the world, or to other semantic domains in the same languages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Linguistics of Temperature
    EditorsM Koptjevskaja-Tamm
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    ISBN (Print)9789027269171
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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