Authored by: Malcolm Ross

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858


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Kairiru is spoken by about 2,500 people on four islands and in coastal villages northwest of Wewak in the East Sepik Province of PNG. Ten dialects can be distinguished, which differ in small ways phonologically. The dialect described here is Koragur of Kairiru Island. Kairiru is a member of the Schouten subgroup of the North New Guinea linkage of Western Oceanic. This sketch is based on Wivell (1981a) with additional information from Wivell (1981b) and my own fieldnotes (for which information was provided by Moses Manwau of Koragur village and Michael Mom of Serasin village). Other Schouten languages with published descriptions are Tumleo (Schultze 1911) and Manam (Lichtenberk 1983, Turner 1986).

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