Dorig language

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Dorig
Native to Vanuatu
Region Gaua
Native speakers
300 (2012) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wwo
Glottolog weta1242
ELP Dorig

Dorig(formerly called Wetamut) is an Oceanic language spoken on Gaua island in Vanuatu.

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The language’s 300 speakers live mostly in the village of Dorig (IPA:  [ⁿdʊˈriɰ] ), on the south coast of Gaua. Smaller speaker communities can be found in the villages of Qteon (east coast) and Qtevut (west coast).

Dorig's immediate neighbours are Koro and Mwerlap. [2]

Phonology

Dorig has 8 phonemic vowels. These include 7 short monophthongs /i ɪ ɛ a ɔ ʊ u/ and one long vowel /aː/. [3]

Dorig vowels
  Front Back
Close i i u u
Near-close ɪ ē ʊ ō
Open-mid ɛ e ɔ o
Open a a, ā

The phonotactic template for a syllable in Dorig is: /CCVC/ — e.g. /rk͡pʷa/ ‘woman’; /ŋ͡mʷsar/ ‘poor’; /wrɪt/ ‘octopus’. Remarkably, the consonant clusters of these /CCVC/ syllables are not constrained by the Sonority Sequencing Principle. [4]

Grammar

The system of personal pronouns in Dorig contrasts clusivity, and distinguishes four numbers (singular, dual, trial, plural). [5]

Spatial reference is based on a system of geocentric (absolute) directionals, which is typical of Oceanic languages. [6]

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References

  1. François (2012): 88).
  2. List of Banks islands languages.
  3. François (2005 :445)
  4. François (2010 :407)
  5. François (2016).
  6. François (2015).

Bibliography