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2. A phonetic description of Yelmek

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Title:2. A phonetic description of Yelmek
Authors:Gregor, Tina
Keywords:Yelmek
Papuan languages
West Papua
epenthesis
Date Issued:2021
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Gregor, Tina (2021)
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:This paper provides a first description of the phonetics and phonology of a language from the Yelmek-Maklew family, a language family without a genealogical link to any other language family in New Guinea or elsewhere. The variety under consideration in this paper is used by people from the village of Wanam, located in the Papuan Province on the Indonesian side of New Guinea. Wanam is the northernmost of the four villages attributed to the Yelmek branch of the family (ISO 639-3:jel, glottocode: yelm1242). The variety in question has 13 consonant phonemes and 7 vowel phonemes. The vowel inventory includes a phonemic schwa, which is distinct from the epenthetic schwa that is used to split illicit consonant cluster. Noteworthy suprasegmental features include the absence of word-level stress and the fact that interrogative and declarative utterances have the same basic pitch contour.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24992
ISBN:978-0-9979673-2-6
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 24: Phonetic fieldwork in Southern New Guinea


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