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Bauzi language

Bauzi
RegionIndonesian Papua
EthnicityBauzi
Native speakers
(1,500 cited 1991)[1]
East Geelvink Bay
  • Bauzi–Demisa
    • Bauzi
Language codes
ISO 639-3bvz
Glottologbauz1241[2]

Bauzi (also written Baudi, Baudji, Baudzi, Bauri) is a Papuan language of the East Geelvink Bay family spoken in the Indonesian province of Papua.

Dialects are Gesda Dae, Neao, and Aumenefa. It is reported to use a mode of whistled speech.

Bauzi is the best documented East Geelvink Bay language, but may or may not be representative of the Geelvink Bay family as a whole.[3]

Phonology

Consonants:[3]

t k
b d ʣ ɡ
f s h
v
m n
l

Vowels:[3]

i u
e o
æ
a

Pronouns

Bauzi pronoun roots are:[3]

sg pl
1 e- i-
2 o- u-
3 a-

Morphology

The two directional suffixes are:[3]

  • -su ‘toward’
  • -to ‘away’

Aspectual suffixes are:[3]

  • imperfective -da
  • perfective -ho
  • prospective -lo (homophonous with the verb ‘give’)
  • inceptive -le (homophonous with the verb ‘come’)
  • conative -so
  • resultative/stative -de
  • iterative -dete ~ -ia

Verbs

Bauzi verbs that have number agreement for singular and plural:[3]:521

  • faito ‘cut down [SG.OBJ]’, fikboa ‘cut down [PL.OBJ]’
  • valo ‘pull out [SG.OBJ]’, vaomoa ‘pull out [PL.OBJ]’
  • esu ‘put [SG.OBJ]’, vahe ‘put [PL.OBJ]’
  • ai ‘stay [SG.SBJ], esi ‘stay [PL.SBJ]’
  • ita ‘flee [SG.SBJ]’, ili ‘flee [PL.OBJ]’

References

  1. ^ Bauzi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bauzi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Foley, William A. (2018). "The languages of Northwest New Guinea". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 433–568. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.