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By Sebastian Fedden

Mian is an endangered non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language of the okay kinfolk spoken within the Highlands fringe in western Papua New Guinea by means of nearly 1,400 audio system. This grammar is the 1st accomplished description of the language with specific research of tone, gender and clause chaining. The research is predicated on fundamental box information recorded through the writer. The ebook encompasses a number of totally glossed and translated texts and a observe list.

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Neither of them have any formal education, both speak Mian and Telefol as well as Tok Pisin. Mr Milimab used to work closely with the SIL linguists Jean Smith and Pamela Weston and Mr Amit used to work equally closely with the anthropologist George Morren. I worked occasionally with two local pupils: Liden Milimab, Mr Milimab’s son, (now about 22 years old) and Raymond Davai (now about 20 years old). Both of them speak Mian and Tok Pisin as well as English. Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Technical Services Authenticated Download Date | 10/16/15 4:09 PM 12 1.

The reader will find examples below. g. ). g. g. à). Low pitch is unmarked. Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Technical Services Authenticated Download Date | 10/16/15 4:11 PM 20 2. Phonology In the orthography, phonemic tone is indicated by diacritics. Any word which is unmarked in the orthography has low tone. g. táang ‘flint, lighter’ and éil ‘pig’. Throughout this grammar, words given orthographically will be in italics, phonemic representations will be marked by slashes and phonetic representations by square brackets.

Word-final free variation of [ph], [p], [f], and [] The phoneme /b/ has four allophones in free variation word-finally, a devoiced aspirated bilabial [ph], a devoiced bilabial without release [p ], a voiceless labio-dental fricative [f], and a voiceless bilabial fricative [ ]. Choosing [f] or [ ] over [p ] or [p ] is a speech feature of older speakers (aged 60+) and even with those speakers this does not occur consistently. Younger speakers consistently choose [p ] or [p ]. (20) deib máab báab /Llib/ /LHma b/ /LHba b/ [dip ] [máp] [mbáp] [dip ] [máp] [mbáp] [dif] [máf] [mbáf] [di ] [má ] [mbá ] ‘path’ ‘frog’ ‘aunt’ A consequence of this analysis is that the allophone [f] is shared between the phonemes /b/ and /f/, albeit for some speakers only and in different environments.

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