A Grammar of Maybrat: A Language of the Bird’s Head by Philomena Dol

By Philomena Dol

Maybrat is a Papuan language that's spoken within the relevant quarter of the Bird's Head Peninsula , Papua Province , Indonesia . even though it really is one of many better neighborhood languages in Papua Province by way of numbers of audio system, a entire grammar in this language has hitherto now not been published.

This publication goals to provide an summary of the phonology, morphology and sy n tax of the Maybrat language because it is spoken via the folk of Ayawasi. preferably, this paintings can be utilized as a reference grammar: it provides information regarding an important structural and typological elements 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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Phonology /o/ vs. 2 Consonants The Maybrat consonantal phonemes are given below: (6) bi-labial labio-dental alveolar plosive /p/ [p] [b] /t/ [t] [tH] [t˚] nasal /m/ [m] [N] /n/ [n] /f/ [f] [∏] fricative velar /k/ [k] [g] [k˚] /s/ [s] /x/ [x] [F] /r/ [r] [R] trill approximant palatal /w/ [w] /y/ [j] All consonantal phonemes can occur in word-initial and word-medial position. 1 Allophones of the consonants The phonetic description of the consonantal phonemes and their main allophones is given below.

The vowels [I], [ç] and [ü] in these forms would then be allophones of the vowels /i/, /o/ and /u/ respectively. However, if this were the case, then the stress in these words would be on this first syllable (see the following section). As it is, none of the words have a stressed first syllable, indicating that the vowel in first syllable behaves like schwa, which is normally unstressed. I therefore analyse it as schwa. 4 Stress In this section I will discuss lexical stress, and stress in connected speech.

2 sequences of consonants are discussed. 21 22 23 him to make generalisations about the realisation of the semivowels in unstressed positions, I only found stress to be weakly phonemic. Admittedly the forms mentioned as homophones are suspicious, but elaborate acoustic and perceptual experiments did not result in a verifiable difference between the members of each pair (see Chapter 3, footnote 3). The sequence /wC/ is very uncommon. 2). Alternatively, word-initially and word-medially, the pairs /y/ and /i/, and the pairs /w/ and /u/ can be analysed as being in complementary distribution, as the distinctive minimal pairs given above are not fully airtight: some informants were unsure whether the forms marked ‘*’ in (7)–(9) were incorrect.

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