Oceanic Linguistics, vol. 54, no. 2 (2015)

View of the Constellation Mannap, Figure 1 from the Oceanic Linguistics Vol. 54 No. 2 article, "East is Not a 'Big Bird': The Etymology of the Star Altair in the Carolinian Sidereal Compass by Gary Holton, Calistus Hachibmai, Ali Halelayur, Jerry Lipka, and Donald Rubenstein.

View of the Constellation Mannap, Figure 1 from the Oceanic Linguistics vol. 54 no. 2 article, “East is Not a ‘Big Bird’: The Etymology of the Star Altair in the Carolinian Sidereal Compass” by Gary Holton, Calistus Hachibmai, Ali Halelayur, Jerry Lipka, and Donald Rubenstein.

Special this issue: In Memoriam

The new issue details the lives of two brilliant linguists. Robert Blust pays tribute to George William Grace (1921-2015), who became editor of the journal in 1962 and held the editorship for 30 years. Blust writes:

George Grace was never flashy, never one who sought out recognition, but he saw through the grand schemes of others who had greater ambition, rather like the little boy who saw what the emperor was really wearing, and stated it in plain language. He will be remembered for his broad knowledge of Oceanic languages, his trailblazing originality as a thinker, and his rock solid insights into the nature of language change.

Andrew Paley remembers Frantisek (Frank) Lichtenberk (1945-2015), who died in a train accident in Auckland this Spring, after a 40-year career of outstanding contributions to descriptive and comparative-historical research on Oceanic languages. Paley details Lichtenberk’s “rich legacy of achievements and good memories” in the issue.

ARTICLES in this issue

  • On the Classification of Kenyah and Kayanic Languages by Alexander D. Smith
  • New Arguments for a Central Solomons Family Based on Evidence from Pronominal Morphemes by Toni Pedrós
  • Ponosakan: A Dying Language of Northeastern Sulawesi by Jason William Lobel
  • The Case-Markers of Proto-Austronesian by Robert Blust
  • Vitality of the Orang Asli Languages in Gerik, Perak by Roshidah Hassan, Kamila Ghazali, Asmah Haji Omar
  • The Minimal Phonological Phrase: Evidence from Māori by Jason Brown
  • Hypocoristic Word Formation in Malay: TETU and Anti-faithfulness by Daiki Hashimoto
  • Banyaduq Prestopped Nasals: Synchrony and Diachrony by Adam Jardine, Angeliki Athanasopoulou, Kristian, Peter Cole
  • Squib: East is Not a ‘Big Bird’: The Etymology of the Star Altair in the Carolinian Sidereal Compass by Gary Holton, Calistus Hachibmai, Ali Haleyalur, Jerry Lipka, Donald Rubinstein
  • Book Reviews by James T. Collins, Alexander Mawyer, and Paul Sidwell

Find the full text of the issue at Project MUSE


Oceanic Linguistics 54-2About the Journal

Oceanic Linguistics is the only journal devoted exclusively to the study of the indigenous languages of the Oceanic area and parts of Southeast Asia.

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