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Sociophonetics and multilingual intermarriage in Southern New Guinea
Contributor (researcher):Professor Nicholas Evans
Dr. Julia Colleen Miller
Description:Paper presented at "The Social Side of Speech" A 1-day conference focusing on leading-edge international and national research in experimental sociophonetics. This research topic addresses empirical studies of how people speak the same language, yet do so differently depending on their social and geographical origins. Those speech differences are, in turn, demonstrably apparent to native listeners of the language. Co-sponsored by Marcs Institute and School of Humanities and Communication Arts In this talk we report some initial findings from an early-stage sociophonetic study of a multilingual village setting in Southern New Guinea, focusing on individuals positioning themselves with respect to three languages – Nambu, Nen and Idi (roughly related as Portuguese, Spanish and Basque). The intersection of clan exogamy, sister-exchange, virilocal marriage, and the normative alignment of clan populations with small single-language villages means that most individuals in the village of Bimadbn grow up with Nen-speaking fathers, and mothers speaking either Nambu or Idi, while most mothers have married into the village and learned Nen in adulthood. Conversely, women who have learned Nen as a mother-tongue are mostly found in neighbouring villages into which they have married. A minority pattern, found when men cannot furnish a sister as an ‘exchange partner’ for their wife and can only marry on condition of residing uxorilocally. The effect of these marriage rules is to create a balanced natural experiment on the interaction of mother-tongue(s), long-term residence, and gender, and we will survey initial data illustrating the way these social affiliation and exposure factors are played out with regard to some interesting aspects of Nen consonant and vowel phonology. Keywords: Phonetics; Variation: Multilingualism
Identifier (URI):https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-0022-3B5C-6
Is Part Of:DoBeS archive : Morehead
Language (ISO639):nqn
Publisher:The Language Archive, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Subject:Nen language
Idi language
English language
Subject (ISO639):nqn
Type (DCMI):Sound


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Citation: Professor Nicholas Evans (researcher); Dr. Julia Colleen Miller (researcher). n.d. DoBeS archive : Morehead.
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Country: United KingdomPapua New Guinea
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