By Richard Cleasby
First released in 1874, this landmark dictionary of previous Icelandic is either authoritative and entire. It deals hundreds of thousands of illustrative quotations, complete descriptions of pronunciation for each letter, and a close define of grammar that comes with the outdated Icelandic alphabet, notice formation, and spelling. The 52-page complement includes a checklist of extra phrases and references from the 11th century to the mid-fourteenth century. an important aspect of reference for any pupil of outdated Icelandic, complement writer Sir William A. Craigie said in 1957 that 'though the dictionary is especially meant for the outdated authors, either in prose and poetry, it endeavours to include an account of the full language, previous and new'.
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Together with the languages of Reef Islands/Santa Cruz, they form his Central Melanesian group. Note, however, that his evidence rests solely on the basis of comparison of pronouns and 52 lexical items. Wurm (1972) proposed an East Papuan Phylum, which was revised in Wurm (1975), and more recently stated in Wurm (1982). The proposal is made mostly on the basis of typological features, such as the existence in these languages of genders, a dual number category, an inclusive/exclusive distinction in first person non-singular pronouns, four places for stops and nasals, and so on.
Greenberg (1971) follows these earlier analyses in making a claim for the genetic unity of these four languages, classifying them together as nonAustronesian, in his Indo-Pacific Hypothesis. Bilua, Baniata (Touo), Savo (Savosavo) and Laumbe (Lavukaleve) "seem to constitute another subgroup" (p. 816): the central Solomon languages. Together with the languages of Reef Islands/Santa Cruz, they form his Central Melanesian group. Note, however, that his evidence rests solely on the basis of comparison of pronouns and 52 lexical items.
Most roots consist of two or three syllables. All verb roots are vowel-final. 7 Stress Stress is realised as a slightly louder and lengthened syllable. Stress assignment is partly fixed and partly lexically assigned. Most words have stress on their initial syllable. A small proportion of words (something around 18% in the corpus) has stress on their second syllable. ); that is, the word looks as if its first CV syllable has been reduplicated. Others are obvious recent loan words which retain the stress pattern of the original word.