The Greater Awyu language family of West Papua

de Vries, Lourens, Wester, Ruth, and van den Heuvel, Wilco (2012) The Greater Awyu language family of West Papua. Journal of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea, 2012 (Special Issue 1). pp. 269-312.

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Abstract

Healey (1970) and Voorhoeve (2001) established the Awyu-Dumut family of Papuan languages in the Digul Basin of West Papua and presented a proto Awyu-Dumut phonology. This paper presents an outline of a proto AwyuDumut morphology and discusses the linguistic position of Korowai and Kombai in relation to the Awyu-Dumut family. It is argued that Korowai is not a member of the Awyu-Dumut family but a member of a sister branch of Awyu-Dumut within a larger genetic group that we call Greater Awyu. Kombai is a member of the Awyu-Dumut family but is not a member of one of the two subgroups, Awyu and Dumut, proposed by Healey (1970). Rather, Kombai is a member of a third subgroup that we call the Ndeiram subgroup of the Awyu-Dumut family.

Item ID: 26227
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: proto morphology, historical linguistics, Greater Awyu, Awyu-Dumut
ISSN: 0023-1959
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 05:27
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200407 Lexicography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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