A Polynesian Language of the Central Pacific.
By Niko Besnier
Routledge – 2002 – 688 pages
Series: Descriptive Grammars
Tuvaluan is a Polynesian language spoken by the 9,000 inhabitants of the nine atolls of Tuvalu in the Central Pacific, as well as small and growing Tuvaluan communities in Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. This grammar is the first detailed description of the structure of Tuvaluan, one of the least well-documented languages of Polynesia. Tuvaluan pays particular attention to discourse and sociolinguistics factors at play in the structural organization of the language.
'Tuvaluan is a tour de force, a work of consummate scholarship, most unlikely to be bettered in its essentials.' - H.G.A. Hughes, Languages and Literature