Saying, seeing, and knowing among the Karawari of Papua New Guinea

Telban, Borut (2014) Saying, seeing, and knowing among the Karawari of Papua New Guinea. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., and Dixon, R.M.W., (eds.) The Grammar of Knowledge: a cross-linguistic typology. Explorations in Linguistic Typology, 7 . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 260-277.

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[Extract] Karawari (called anduk apianak 'our mouth' by its over 3,000 speakers) is spoken in eight main villages and countless bush camps in the area of the lower Karawari River, lower Konmei Creek, and upper Kangramai Creek in the Sepik River basin of Papua New Guinea. Karawari people and other river dwellers, and their languages, can also be called yakwaym 'water people'. They further differentiate themselves according to the word 'no' (kaya, kayak, or kayang). While Ambonwari would say apia kaya 'we (are people who say) kaya' they would say about some other Karawari people (from Konmei, Kundiman, and Manjamai), and the Yimas, mbu kayak 'they (are people who say) kayak'. The people of Middle Sepik would then be grouped under the term kayang. Being one of the languages of the Lower Sepik Family (belonging to a large group of New Guinean languages known as Papuan or non-Austronesian) Karawari shows considerable similarities with the closely related Yimas language (Foley 1991) although the two languages are not mutually intelligible. I conducted ethnographic research, which began in 1990, mainly in Ambonwari, which has over 750 inhabitants and is the largest Karawari-speaking village.

Item ID: 38488
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-870131-6
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University (JCU), Cairns Institute, James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: ARC Dicovery Project DP110103207 "The grammar of knowledge: a cross-linguistic view of evidentiality and epistemological expressions"
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 02:43
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