Nen

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    Abstract

    Nen (ISO 639-3 code: nqn) is the easternmost language of the Yam (Morehead-Maro) family of Southern New Guinea. This family is one of over forty maximal genetic groupings in New Guinea, and is currently not relatable to any other language family in New Guinea or elsewhere. As with other aspects of their grammar, the phonology of the Morehead-Maro languages differs significantly from those of other Papuan languages. The phonology of Nen is broadly similar to that of other members of the family, except that (like most other members of the Nambu branch, of which it is a member) it lacks the velar nasal phoneme found in more westerly languages, and it has a smaller fricative inventory: other languages of the family include /? ? ?/, all absent from Nen. Copyright
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)331-349
    JournalJournal of the International Phonetic Association
    Volume46
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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