Authored by: Mark Donohue

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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Tobati is spoken in the villages of Tobati and Enggros at the western end of Yotefa Bay, to the east of Jayapura in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. No earlier description of Tobati exists; only notes on the language, initiated by Cowan (1952), have appeared. Linguistically, the language poses some interesting challenges both phonologically, in terms of the organisation of the contrastive sounds, and syntactically, as it displays a very unusual OSV word order.

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