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By Philomena Dol

ISBN-10: 0858835738

ISBN-13: 9780858835733

Maybrat is a Papuan language that is spoken within the primary quarter of the Bird's Head Peninsula , Papua Province , Indonesia . although it truly is one of many better neighborhood languages in Papua Province when it comes to numbers of audio system, a finished grammar in this language has hitherto no longer been published.

This booklet goals to provide an summary of the phonology, morphology and sy n tax of the Maybrat language because it is spoken through the folk of Ayawasi. preferably, this paintings can be utilized as a reference grammar: it provides information regarding an important structural and typological facets of Maybrat. With this in brain, the grammar is filled with illustrative examples focused round contrasts in shape and which means, that are mentioned within the textual content.

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36) /te/ /´te/ [te] [´»te] CV V|CV ‘below’ /naf/ /´naf/ [naf] [´»naf] CVC V|CVC ‘sprout’ /tia/ /´tia/ [»tija] [´ti»ja] CV|V V|CV|V ‘how much’ The epenthetic schwa assimilates to a following vowel: schwa is fronted and raised preceding /i/, as in example (37); rounded and lowered preceding the semivowel /w/ (38), and rounded fronted and raised preceding /wi/ (39). 1 for stress assignment in these forms. 38 Chapter 2 It could be argued that the first syllable in the forms above is a phonemic vowel, that is */titie/; */mowau/; */tuwian/ and so on.

A winding track) ‘my bone’ ‘I meet’ /n/ /atu/ /anu/ /tata/ /tana/ /ait/ /ain/ /tet/ /ten/ ‘mountain’ ‘you (P)’ ‘I drink’ ‘my head’ ‘he’ ‘drum’ ‘rattan bridge’ ‘enemy’ /r/ /tefo/ /refo/ /tatu/ /taru/ /put/ /pur/ ‘here’ ‘this’ ‘I pull out’ ‘I pay’ ‘leech’ ‘wasp, bee’ Saman ati (ati ‘real’) is Vatica rassak. 25 26 /k/ /m/ Chapter 2 vs. vs. /s/ /tuo/ /suo/ /tau/ /sau/ /sato/ /saso/ /tatia/ /tasia/ /mat/ /mas/ ‘I’ ‘faeces’ ‘my lung’ ‘one’ ‘island’ ‘they search’ ‘my father’ ‘my heart’ ‘five’ ‘it is swollen’ /w/ /tia/ /wia/ /tata/ /wata/ /xawe/ /tawe/ ‘I suck’ ‘frog’ ‘I drink’ ‘fishtrap’ ‘they refuse’ ‘I fall’ /x/ /mkai/ /mxai/ ‘they find’ ‘they die’ /y/ /akox/ /ayox/ ‘turtle’ ‘sky’ /n/ /manes/ /nanes/ /smi/ /sni/ /tama/ /tana/ /maom/ /maon/ /masim/ /masin/ ‘they are old’ ‘you are old’ ‘dream’ ‘they are paralysed’ ‘I come’ ‘my head’ ‘outside’ ‘it is sharp’ ‘they sell’ ‘her rib’ /f/ /mrok/ /frok/ /remo/ /refo/ /maum/ /mauf/ ‘they are startled’ ‘they emerge’ ‘village’ ‘this’ ‘border’ ‘contents’ /r/ /mefo/ /refo/ /maim/ /mair/ ‘here (PRESTT)’ ‘this’ ‘wing’ ‘beginning’ /w/ /mata/ /wata/ ‘they drink’ ‘fishtrap’ Phonology /n/ vs.

3 The phonemes /y/ and /w/ The segments [j] and [w] can be analysed as consonantal phonemes /y/ and /w/ respectively, or as allophones of the vowel phonemes /i/ and /u/. The reasons for analysing these segments as consonantal phonemes are as follows:20 firstly, in word-initial position, 20 An analysis in which [j] and [w] are allophones of /i/ and /u/ is given by Brown (1991), who did his fieldwork in Ayamaru. He bases his argument on distinctive stress patterns. He argues that in unstressed positions, the non-consonatal segments /i/ and /u/ can be realised as [y] (corresponding to [j] in the present description) and [w] respectively.

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