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Title:Even more diverse than we had thought: The multiplicity of Trans-Fly languages
Bibliographic Citation:Evans, Nicholas; 2012-12-20; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4562.
Creator:Evans, Nicholas
Date (W3CDTF):2012-12-20
Description:Linguistically, the Trans Fly region of Southern New Guinea is one of the least known parts of New Guinea. Yet the glimpses we already have are enough to see that it is a zone with among the highest levels of linguistic diversity in New Guinea, arguably only exceeded by those found in the Sepik and the north coast. After surveying the sociocultural setting, in particular the widespread practice of direct sister-exchange which promotes egalitarian multilingualism in the region, I give an initial taste of what its languages are like. I focus on two languages which are neighbours, and whose speakers regularly intermarry, but which belong to two unrelated and typologically distinct families: Nen (Yam Family) and Idi (Pahoturi River Family). I then zoom out to look at some typological features of the whole Trans-Fly region, exemplifying with the dual number category, and close by stressing the need for documentation of the languages of this fascinating region.
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Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4562
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Relation:LD&C Special Publication
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
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Type:Book Chapter
Type (DCMI):Text


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