Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

2. A phonetic description of Yelmek

File Size Format  
Ch2.pdf 2.8 MB Adobe PDF View/Open
2 Yelmek wav 26.35 MB ZIP View/Open

Item Summary

Title:2. A phonetic description of Yelmek
Authors:Gregor, Tina
Papuan languages
West Papua
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.
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 24: Phonetic fieldwork in Southern New Guinea

Please email if you need this content in ADA-compliant format.

Items in ScholarSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.