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 â€œfloatingâ€ feature, and coarticulated labial-velar plosives, although the latter most likely originated as loan phonemes from Nen.
|Title of host publication||Language Documentation and Conservation Special Publication 24: Phonetic fieldwork in southern New Guinea|
|Editors||Kate L. Lindsey & Dineke Schokkin|
|Place of Publication||Manoa|
|Publisher||University of Hawaii Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|