Phonetics and phonology of Idi

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Gast V
Evans N
Döhler C
Schokkin, Dineke

This paper provides a first description of the phonetics and phonology of Idi (Pahoturi River; ISO 639-3: idi, glottocode: idii1243) as spoken by about 1,000 people in the villages of Dimsisi and Sibidiri, located in the Morehead District of Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Idi has a fairly large inventory of 21 consonant phonemes and 8 vowel phonemes. As with other languages spoken in the region, the two central vowels show a hybrid status and could be analysed as sometimes phonemic and sometimes epenthetic. Other noteworthy characteristics are the presence of vowel harmony, voiced and voiceless retroflex plosives/affricates, nasality as a “floating” feature, and coarticulated labial-velar plosives, although the latter most likely originated as loan phonemes from Nen.

Schokkin D,Gast V,Evans N,Döhler C (2021). Phonetics and phonology of Idi. In Lindsey KL, Schokkin D (Ed.), Phonetic fieldwork in Southern New Guinea.: 76-107. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Idi, Papuan languages, epenthesis, retroflexion, vowel harmony, segmental phonology
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Fields of Research::47 - Language, communication and culture::4704 - Linguistics::470409 - Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax)
Fields of Research::47 - Language, communication and culture::4703 - Language studies::470399 - Language studies not elsewhere classified
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