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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 distinct research of tone, gender and clause chaining. The research relies on fundamental box facts recorded by way of the writer. The booklet incorporates a choice of totally glossed and translated texts and a note list.

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Typological profile Mian has a relatively small segmental phoneme inventory though of fairly typical shape and size by Papuan standards. An unusual feature of the segmental inventory is the presence of a contrast between a plain /a/ (spelled ) and a pharyngealized /a/ (spelled ). The tonal phonology is complex. e. 3. Typological profile 7 one of five tonal melodies (H, L, LH, LHL, and HL) is the phonological word, not the syllable. Lexemes are specified for one tonal melody and an accent which serves as the anchor point for the melody.

Is a velar nasal which occurs in syllable-initial and final positions. It is always realized as []. Orthographically, // is rendered as . Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Technical Services Authenticated Download Date | 10/16/15 4:11 PM 22 2. 3. Fricatives /f/ is a voiceless labio-dental fricative. Like /g/, it occurs at the beginning of words and word-medially, but is always in syllable-initial position. /f/ occurs as the first member of the syllable-initial consonant cluster /fl/.

The phonological description, especially the analysis of tone, stands more or less as it was in the dissertation. The tone derivations have been tidied up and specifications of verb tone have been included in all examples and the sample texts. The chapter on word classes is more fine-grained now and distinguishes a separate class of postpositions. I streamlined the pronoun section and included sections on ideophones and grammatical relations in the clause. The chapters on gender and classificatory prefixes have been left largely unchanged, apart from cutting back the discussion of the respective merits of the two possible alternative analyses of the Mian gender system.

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