By Olcher Sebastian Fedden.
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Extra info for A grammar of Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea
G. /HLboks/ ‘box’ 58 (often pronounced [bókîs] and /Ltons/ ‘tongs’ (sometimes pronounced [tʰõs] by older speakers). In the following examples of Mian syllable structures, syllable breaks are marked with a full stop. V-syllables are: /Hɛ/ /Hai/ [ɛ́ː] [áiː] ‘he’ ‘dad’ The C1 onset position can accommodate any consonant from the inventory, when directly followed by a vowel. ’ The C3 coda position is more restricted. Only /b, t, k, m, n, ŋ, s, l/ can occur in this position, but not /g, f, h/ nor either of the semivowels /w, j/.
For examples elicited with the MPI Reciprocals video clips, the clip number is given. 3) All other elicited examples are unmarked. 4) Observed examples are marked [Observed]. These came up in natural discourse during participant observation. As these examples were not recorded, tones are inferred from my general knowledge about the tonology of the language. 5) Examples from Smith and Weston’s work are identified with reference and page number. 34 6) Examples from the Bible (Smith and Weston 1986) are identified by author, chapter, and verse.
As a convention, tone is always marked on the first member of a diphthong in the examples. In the rest of this grammar, the term ‘vowel’ is always meant to include the diphthongs unless otherwise specified. 1 Phonetic description and allophonic distribution of vowels • /i/ is a high, front, unrounded vowel, which can form the nucleus of any syllable. It is pronounced [i]. • /ɛ/ is a mid-low, front, unrounded vowel, which can form the nucleus of any syllable. It is pronounced as [ɛ]. In the practical orthography, /ɛ/ is rendered as
A grammar of Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea by Olcher Sebastian Fedden.