Talk: Reconstructing labialized velars in proto-Pahoturi @ the Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics conference
Recently, I had the opportunity to give a talk with Christian Brickhouse at Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics. The slides are here.
Talk: A new type of auxiliary: Evidence from Pahoturi River complex predicates @ Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics
Recently, I had the opportunity to give a talk with Dineke Schokkin at Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics . The slides are here.
My article on variable /n/-realization in Ende has been published in a special issue of Asia-Pacific Language Variation, edited by Eri Kashima and Miriam Meyerhoff.
The link to the article is here: https://benjamins.com/catalog/aplv.19013.lin.
This paper presents a sociophonetic analysis of word-final /n/-elision in Ende (Pahoturi River; Papuan). An analysis of 73 speakers reveals that tense, phonological context, and most significantly, whether or not the speaker is a kawa practitioner, a prestigious type of public oration, are significantly correlated with /n/-retention. A closer look at just five kawa practitioners reveals that age and genre may also play a role. The present study matches Schokkin’s analysis of /n/-elision in Idi (this issue). Indeed, the findings support her conclusions that this pattern is one of /n/-elision (not /n/-addition) and show similarities in conditioning factors. Analysing sociolinguistic variation in this region presents a unique set of benefits and challenges. This paper discusses how emically-derived categories relating to age, clan, and orator status may deviate from characterisations of prestige in Westernised and urbanised societies but better fit southern New Guinea’s social context.
Kate Lynn Lindsey