By Sebastian Fedden
Mian is an endangered non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language of the okay family members 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 exact research of tone, gender and clause chaining. The research relies on basic box information recorded by means of the writer. The ebook encompasses a number of absolutely glossed and translated texts and a note list.
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Their findings have never been published in a single volume. Materials on Tifal phonology can be found in Steinkraus (1963, 1969), materials on Tifal grammar in Healey and Steinkraus (1972) and in Boush (1975). For information on Faiwol, see Mecklenburg and Mecklenburg (1969, 1977) and Mecklenburg (1974). 3. 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
Previous linguistic research on the Ok languages Even today Ok remains a family of little known languages. Research on the Ok languages was mainly conducted in the 1960s and 1970s by both linguists and missionaries. Alan Healey’s dissertation (Healey 1964a) is a comparative study of the Ok language family. He explores the historical development of the Ok languages and reconstructs Proto Mountain Ok and Proto Lowland Ok as common ancestor languages. Healey also provides short sections on Proto Ok and Archaic Ok, in which he indicates the direction that a reconstruction of the proto language would have to take.
Note the importance for a minimal pair to have the same tone pattern on both words in order to be a genuine minimal pair. Pairs with words marked by different tone pattern are near-minimal pairs. 1. 3. we ye /Lw/ /Lj/ [mifím] [misim] [il] [ith] [im] [al] [as] [am] [w] [j] 25 ‘sago palm’ ‘for free’ ‘pig’ ‘penis’ ‘pandanus’ ‘faeces’ ‘tree’ ‘house’ ‘sweep’ ‘hit them’ Regular phonological processes for consonants Subsets of oral stops are prone to processes of final devoicing, aspiration, and intervocalic lenition.
A Grammar of Mian by Sebastian Fedden