The phonetics of Southern New Guinea languages: An overview

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    This article provides an overview of the phonologies of Southern New Guinea languages, based on the six languages in this special issue plus two others for which JIPA illustrations have recently been published – Yelmek (Yelmek-Maklew family), Ngkolmpu, Nmbo and Nen (Yam family), Idi and Ende (Pahoturi River), Bitur (Marind-Anim branch of Trans-New Guinea) and Urama (Kiwaian branch of Trans-New Guinea). It surveys overall inventory sizes (maximal 28 consonants and 8 vowels, in Nmbo, minimal 13 consonants plus 5 vowels in Urama), and the most important segment types characteristic of the region, including retroflexion in Idi and Ende, labial-velar stops (Nen, Nmbo), rounded stops (Nmbo), relatively large liquid inventories (Pahoturi River) and prenasalised stop phonemes (Ngkolmpu, Nen, Nmbo).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLanguage Documentation and Conservation Special Publication 24: Phonetic fieldwork in southern New Guinea
    Editors Kate L. Lindsey & Dineke Schokkin
    Place of PublicationManoa
    PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
    ISBN (Print)9780997967326
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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