A Survey of Phonemic Patterns of Dani Dialects

Part of the Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde book series (VKIV)


Skewness is a tern implying comparison. In the case of the phonemic pattern of lover Grand Valley Dani, the data for comparison are the corresponding patterns of other dialects thus far studied. For clarity the hypothetical phonemic pattern of proto-Dani is presented first as a reference point for the data from which it was in fact constructed. There follow sketches of the sound systems of eight extant dialects arranged roughly in geographic order from northwest to southeast, on the basis of areas where they are spoken. These areas may be identified on the maps in Appendix A.


Consonant Cluster Voiceless Stop Glottal Stop Austronesian Language Segmental Phoneme 
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  1. 1.
    Data for the Tinak and Ilaga areas are from unpublished materials by Gordon Larson, Scattered references and the lists in P. Wirz, op. cit., are confirmed by the less intensive studies of missionaries in the Swart and indicate its inclusion here. Hablifoeri data are from Ross Bartel, and North Baliem data are from unpublished materials of Sheila Draper and from the author’s own field notes.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    wodo valley data are from Ross Bartel; Pyramid area data are from the author’s own field notes.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Data for this dialect are from sketchy field notes by the author.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Data for this dialect are from a cursory vocabulary check by the author and from text recorded from a man now living in the AV area.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Data for this dialect are from the author’s field notes.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    An intensive study of this dialect was made by the author during residence in the area from April, 1954, to July, 1956, and on later visits.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Other allophones are described in Chapter III.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    A brief vocabulary check of this dialect has been made by the author.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    A cursory vocabulary cheek of the dialect was made lay the author.Google Scholar

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