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Presentations from Morehead Project (2014)
Contributor (researcher):Dr. Julia Colleen Miller
Coverage:Papua New Guinea
Description:Paper presented at the NWAV-AP3 conference, Wellington, 1-3 May 2014 (NWAV-AP = New Ways of Analyzing Variation-Asia-Pacific) Bimabdn village is located in the Morehead District of Western Province in southern New Guinea. One salient areal feature in Morehead region is the practice of patrilineal clan exogamy, typically manifesting as direct sister exchange (detailed anthropological descriptions are available in Ayres (1983) and Williams (1936)). This exchange results in the woman adopting a virilocal residence and a new language. Exogamy pairs are ideally based on differences in location (a woman marries outside of her village) and clan (she marries someone of a different clan). Ideally, she should observe both rules. Otherwise, the next preference is to marry someone from her village, but from a different clan. It is not the case that a woman needs to speak a different language from her potential husband. Unlike findings of Stanford (2009, 2012) in his studies of clan exogamy and linguistic variation, clan membership is not a dominant factor in predicting inter-speaker variation. In the Bimabdn exogamy exchange network, a speaker’s village is a larger language unit than the clan. The predominant language spoken in the Bimadbn village is Nen. It is a member of the Morehead-Maro language group of Papuan languages. Other languages in this exchange network include Nambu, Nama (Morehead-Maro) and Idi (Pahoturi). This paper introduces issues of demography, social organization, clan affiliation, dialect, and their effects on language variation. Key linguistic features that will be discussed are those that have been targeted in previous field trips as known variations in the phonemic inventories of the dialects/languages that make up the exogamous groups. Nen vs. Nambu, Neme (Evans, 2012): •Smaller fricative inventory, notably missing the f,v and ɸ β found in Nambu •Lacks the velar nasal •Loss of nasal element in prenasalised stops: NC -­‐> C / #__ /mbrmbr/ -­‐> [brmbr] •d retained (Némé (Morehead-­‐Maro), spoken in Keru) preceding [i], in Nen di-­‐>zi, dzi, or dʒi Nen vs. Idi (Evans, 2012) •Nen has no retroflex series, unlike Idi •Nen labial-­‐velar stop consonants: k͡pw -­‐> kw, g͡bw -­‐> gw for some speakers of Idi I will draw out the connections between the variation in these features and the above-described exogamous practices. Keywords: Exogamy; Multilingualism; Variation
Identifier (URI):https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-0022-3B41-E
Is Part Of:DoBeS archive : Morehead
Language (ISO639):ncm
Publisher:The Language Archive, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Subject:Nambo language
Nen language
English language
Subject (ISO639):ncm
Type (DCMI):Sound


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