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5. Phonetics and phonology of Idi

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Title:5. Phonetics and phonology of Idi
Authors:Schokkin, Dineke
Gast, Volker
Evans, Nicholas
Döhler, Christian
Papuan languages
vowel harmony
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Date Issued:2021
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Schokkin, Dineke, Volker Gast, Nicholas Evans & Christian Döhler (2021)
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:This paper provides a first description of the phonetics and phonology of Idi (Pahoturi River; ISO 639-3: idi, glottocode: idii1243) as spoken by about 1,000 people in the villages of Dimsisi and Sibidiri, located in the Morehead District of Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Idi has a fairly large inventory of 21 consonant phonemes and 8 vowel phonemes. As with other languages spoken in the region, the two central vowels show a hybrid status and could be analysed as sometimes phonemic and sometimes epenthetic. Other noteworthy characteristics are the presence of vowel harmony, voiced and voiceless retroflex plosives/affricates, nasality as a “floating” feature, and coarticulated labial-velar plosives, although the latter most likely originated as loan phonemes from Nen.
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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