By Philomena Dol

ISBN-10: 0858835738

ISBN-13: 9780858835733

Maybrat is a Papuan language that's spoken within the critical zone of the Bird's Head Peninsula , Papua Province , Indonesia . even though it really is one of many greater neighborhood languages in Papua Province by way of numbers of audio system, a finished grammar in this language has hitherto no longer been published.

This ebook goals to offer an outline of the phonology, morphology and sy n tax of the Maybrat language because it is spoken by means of the folks of Ayawasi. preferably, this paintings can be utilized as a reference grammar: it provides information regarding crucial structural and typological elements of Maybrat. With this in brain, the grammar is stuffed with illustrative examples focused round contrasts in shape and which means, that are mentioned within the textual content.

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Maybrat is a Papuan language that is spoken within the relevant zone of the Bird's Head Peninsula , Papua Province , Indonesia . although it truly is one of many higher neighborhood languages in Papua Province by way of numbers of audio system, a accomplished grammar in this language has hitherto now not been released.

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The work, which is mainly descriptive, draws on insights formulated by Dik (1987, 1997), Givón (1984, 1990) and Shopen (1985). Many ideas for the description come from typological work by Foley (1986), Comrie (1989), Croft (1990) and Hopper and Traugott (1993). The terminology is kept as neutral as possible: less traditional terms are clearly defined before they are used. 2 Phonology In this chapter I will give an account of the sound-pattern of Maybrat. 2), including allophones and lists of contrasts.

Only in onomatopoeic /rra/ [r´»ra], denoting the sound made by a particular kind of bird. 6). See Appendix IV for the kinship term /tmo/. o. o. o. g. 1 for person prefixes). It appears that Maybrat has a large number of combinatory possibilities of Cs in wordinitial position at the phonemic level. However, phonetically all the CC-sequences indicated above are broken up by an epenthetic schwa. Similar combinatory possibilities of consonants at the phonemic level are also reflected in Kalam, a Papuan language described by Pawley (1966).

In such forms, there is a silence between the vowel and the word-final [t]: 39 [s´rAx»wata] behaves like a compound noun: the main stress is on the second member stress position, while the secondary stress is on the stressed syllable of the first member. 6 Some elliptic phenomena The description of the sounds of Maybrat so far has been based on slow (lento) speech. In allegro speech, some elliptic phenomena, that is the reduction of certain vowels, occur, which are listed below. In words containing three syllabic vowels, of which the second vowel is /i/ or /u/, there is a tendency to reduce these vowels /i/ or /u/ to [j] or [w] respectively in allegro speech.

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