Documentation of Moor, Yerisiam, Yaur, and Umar
|Language:||Moor (Mor) (ISO639-3:mhz)|
Moor, Yerisiam, Yaur, and Umar are Austronesian languages spoken in southeast Cenderawasih Bay belonging to the South Halmahera-West New Guinea (SHWNG) subgroup of Austronesian. These languages are under heavy influence from Indonesian; many members of the youngest generation no longer speak them.
Moor has about 1000 speakers in seven villages in southeast Cenderawasih Bay. Most recordings in this collection were made in the village of Mambor.
Yerisiam has about 1000 speakers in villages including Sima in Cenderawasih Bay, Erega in the Yamor Lakes, and Rurumo in Etna Bay. The recordings in this collection were made in the village of Sima.
Yaur has about 1000 speakers in villages along the southwest Cenderawasih Bay coast. The recordings in this collection were made in the village of Yaur.
Umar has about 300 speakers in the villages of Yeretuar and Goni, located in Umar Bay along the southwest Cenderawasih Bay coast. The recordings in this collection were made in the village of Goni.
Moor (ISO 639-3 mhz) is a West New Guinea (EMP) language spoken in seven villages in southeast Cenderawasih Bay (Papua, Indonesia) with about 1500 speakers:
Geographically, its closest languages are: Yaur, Roon, Wandamen, Waropen; Tarunggare (Papuan, Geelvink Bay phylum). Previous research on Moor is limited: the best published source is Laycock (1978), based on work conducted in Australia in 1965–6 with a single speaker from Kamurei-Matini.
Special characteristics Special characteristics Like some related languages in the Raja Ampat islands, Moor, Yerisiam, and Yaur have lexical tone contrasts.
To refer to any data from the corpus, please cite as follows:
Kamholz, David. 2017. Documentation of Moor, Yerisiam, Yaur, and Umar. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Language Archive, ELAR. URL: https://elar.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI1029714 (accessed on [insert date here]).
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