Abstract

Abstract:

In this paper I introduce Magɨ, a previously undocumented speech variety of central Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Magɨ is closely related to the Aisi language; however, I argue that it should not be considered an Aisi dialect but rather a separate language. I present arguments from various domains in support of this position, including lexicon, phonology, morphology, syntax, historical change, mutual intelligibility, and language attitudes. The facts provided as evidence for these arguments also double as an outline of Magɨ structure, and I conclude that Magɨ is a separate language. The first appendix contains Magɨ and Aisi wordlists, and the second contains a short Magɨ text.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 199-224
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-26
Open Access
No
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