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By Philomena Dol

Maybrat is a Papuan language that is spoken within the relevant region of the Bird's Head Peninsula , Papua Province , Indonesia . although it's 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 ebook goals to provide an outline of the phonology, morphology and sy n tax of the Maybrat language because it is spoken by way of the folk of Ayawasi. preferably, this paintings can be utilized as a reference grammar: it supplies information regarding crucial structural and typological features of Maybrat. With this in brain, the grammar is filled with illustrative examples concentrated round contrasts in shape and that means, that are mentioned within the textual content.

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Some phonemic contrasts for stress according to Brown are: [»nasçm] ‘You carry’ vs. [na»som] ‘your name is’; [»maru] ‘She cuts’ vs. [ma»ru] ‘lake’; [»an´] ‘they’ vs. [a»na] ‘fence’ and [»moo] ‘She takes’ vs. [mo»o] ‘She itches’. In Ayawasi all these forms appear as homophones [»nasçm] ‘You carry, your name is’; [»maru] ‘She cuts, lake’; [»ana] ‘they, fence’ and [»moo] ‘She takes, She itches’. Other forms where Brown notes differing main stresses are [a»max] vs. Ayawasi [»amAx] ‘house’; [re»re] vs.

Schoorl in the period between August 1969 and February 1972. ’ (32) [t´-sija 'ana] 1S-with 3P (tsiya ana) ‘I with them’ 34 The diagrams below are based on recordings made by Odé and myself in Ayawasi. They were analysed in the speech program GIPOS (Graphical Interactive Processing of Speech) developed at the Institute for Perception Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands by E. Gigi (under the supervision of L. Vogten), in which the PSOLA (Pitch Synchronous Overlap and Add) technique for speech synthesis, based on waveform editing is implemented.

5 on compound nouns). 2 The epenthetic vowel schwa So far in the discussion of sequences of consonants and syllabification, I have ignored forms which include the epenthetic vowel schwa. In this section I discuss the distribution of the vowel schwa, and some consequences for the phonotactic structure of Maybrat. 2). Because of this predictable distribution, this schwa does not have phonemic status. 1). However, I have not been able to confirm this. The form was found in a text recorded by H. Schoorl in the period between August 1969 and February 1972.

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