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 crucial sector of the Bird's Head Peninsula , Papua Province , Indonesia . even though it truly is one of many better neighborhood languages in Papua Province when it comes to numbers of audio system, a complete grammar in this language has hitherto now not 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 via the folk of Ayawasi. preferably, this paintings can be utilized as a reference grammar: it supplies information regarding crucial structural and typological points of Maybrat. With this in brain, the grammar is stuffed with illustrative examples concentrated round contrasts in shape and which means, that are mentioned within the textual content.

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A Grammar of Maybrat: A Language of the Bird's Head Peninsula, Papua Province, Indonesia (Pacific Linguistics, 586)

Maybrat is a Papuan language that is spoken within the significant 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 accomplished grammar in this language has hitherto now not been released.

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No secondary stress is heard, as schwa cannot receive stress, and the syllable containing /i/ does not receive any stress, as it is directly adjacent to the syllable taking the main stress, and there is a constraint on two adjacent stressed syllables within a word (cf. Hayes 1995:25 for the typological pattern of rhythmic distribution of stress in language). 4), the main stress falls on the first full syllable of the stem: (44) /po|kax/ /po|x|ren/ /po|kom/ [po»kAx] [pox´»rEn] [po»kçm] ‘burnt garden’ (-kah ‘burn’) ‘chair’ (hren ‘sit’) ‘pen’ (-kom ‘write’) If the word contains more than three syllables, for instance in compound nouns, the main stress falls where the main stress of the second member of the compound falls.

Vs. [»aja] [»tojo] /aya/ /toyo/ ‘water’ ‘where’ *[pa»iir] *[fa»iir] vs. vs. 2 Phonotactics In this section I will discuss the various possible sequences of consonants and vowels in monomorphemic forms. 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).

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 this language too there are no consonant clusters at the phonetic level, as all are broken up by a transition vowel [Æ] (Foley 1986:50–51).

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