Biak : description of an Austronesian language of Papua by door Wilco van den Heuvel.

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Recently, a short description of the language by the same author was published in Adelaar and Himmelmann 2005. A. 17 17 Suriel Mofu is a young man of Biak origin, and still relatively fluent in the Biak language. Our first contact, by mail, dates from spring 2004, when as a student in linguistics in Oxford he asked for some suggestions for a paper on Biak. I then made some suggestions, and sent him a preliminary version of the chapter on word classes. A. thesis on Biak morphosyntax. I have decided not to read his work until the publication of this book, in order to protect the independence of my findings, and in order not to be confused by his possibly different approach.

The realization [l] is not only found in loan words, but also found as an alternative realization of the phoneme /r/. 9 Although no examples were attested in the corpus of spontaneous speech, my consultants provided expressions like the following. 7 The following words in the corpus contain /t/: tatawai 'earth quake', batawe 'cassava', tabea '', mantar 'extremely', kéret 'clan', utin 'hundred', atam 'roof on canoe', ka(s)tera 'maize'. For most of the words in the corpus containing /t/, a foreign origin can be settled.

Pdf). 18 CHAPTER 1 and Steinhauer (1985) were of value to get an initial grip on the data. To relate the present language description to research questions concerning the relations between languages in the area, I benefited from descriptions like Foley (1986), Foley (1998), Reesink (1996), (1998), the sketches and overview article in Reesink (2002a), from Klamer (2002) and Adelaar and Himmelmann 2005. For a typological classification of Biak data I made use of works like Foley (1997) on anthropological linguistics, Haspelmath (2001) and Lynch, Ross and Crowley (2002) on Oceanic languages.

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