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Maori: A Linguistic Introduction (Linguistic Introductions) Kindle Edition
|Length: 258 pages|
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Harlow's presentation of the grammar is divided into a brief diachronic presentation and a much longer synchronic one. One chapter covers Maori's background in the Polynesian family, providing a very basic idea of the phonetic correspondences between Maori, Proto-Austronesian and the intermediate protolanguages. This is followed by a chapter on regional variation that also takes a historical approach at times.
The bulk of the book consists of individual chapters on Maori phonology, morphology and syntax. These are quite detailed. The chapter on phonology, for instance, contains formant frequency charts, surveys competing theoretical descriptions and has a complete history of orthographic conventions. The chapter on morphology begins by explaining how to categorize parts of speech in the language, a daunting task for the first generations of scholars.
The last chapter is on Maori's sociolinguistic situation. Harlow describes both the the history of Maori (and Moriori) from the 18th century on and its present state. I was under the impression that Maori had been successfully revived due to the various efforts taken since the 1980s, but Harlow notes that the language is still endangered and in fact the celebrated language nests saw declining participation between the late 1980s and the early millennium.
Since I work in a different field, I have no interest in going further with Maori, and so Harlow's book is a great presentation of all the basics and it seems a lot more ample than other volume in this Cambridge University Press series. There is an enormous bibliography for those wanting more, and I may follow up on some of the comparative Polynesian references.