Series 449 - Solomon Islands languages collection

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Solomon Islands languages collection


  • 1918 - 1996 (Creation)

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2 boxes

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(1884 - 1957)

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Donatien Coicaud was born in Nantes, France and joined his brother Jean as a Marist priest in the Solomon Islands in 1912. In 1914 he founded the mission of Buma, Central Malaita and was active in teaching boys from the villages of North and Central Malaita to read and write in their own languages, and had them write stories they had heard at home. He left material behind on the languages of Langalanga, Kwaio and Lau. After Coicaud's death in 1957, Father Christian Kamphuis inherited the the material on Lau and other North Malaita languages.

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(1916 - 2006)

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Christian Kamphuis was born in Oldenzaal, Netherlands and was a Marist missionary in the Solomon Islands from 1947 to 1996. He lived in Takwa, North-east Malaita from 1948 to 1965 and worked in the languages of Lau and Baegu'u; in Tanagai 1965-1971 and Dala 1972-1993 where he learned the Kwara'ae language. Kamphuis inherited material on the languages of Lau and North Malaita after the death of Marist priest Donatien Coicaud. He retired to the Netherlands in 1996

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The collection consists of manuscripts and old prints collected in Malaita by Fr Donatien Coicaud and Fr Christian Kamphuis. Includes Stories (Histoires) as language word lists, exercise books, prayer books, dictionaries, biblical material, and printed material.


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Entered from deposit description on 9 April 2013




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