A Grammar of Tukang Besi by Mark Donohue

By Mark Donohue

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Before and since that time I have visited Indonesia a number of times, on each occasion inevitably meeting Tukang Besi people in the unlikeliest of places, and later conducting research under the auspices of the Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia. During these visits, between 1992 and 1995, the majority of the time was spent in the village of Patuno on the north coast of Wanci, and also a fair deal of time around Kota Wanci on the west coast. Walking trips around the island of Wanci were undertaken, to see how people in other villages lived and spoke, and occasionally to Kaledupa as well.

Dahani mai —> —> [da? ' 'Over there 'Many! ( This insertion of a glottal stop at a morpheme boundary is never compulsory, but is most likely to occur: 1. between like vowels 2. between high vowels Thus /e$o/ is less likely to have a glottal stop inserted than is /a$a/, which in turn is less likely than /i$u/ or /i$i/, which is almost inevitably interrupted by a glottal stop. The last example in 3. above shows reduplication of the vowel in the stressed syllable, to achieve an emphatic effect; this reduplication will always present a 'boundary' between two like vowels, and so is a prime candidate for glottal stop insertion.

A full treatment of these aspects of the Tukang Besi world view is beyond the scope of this short introduction, but it is hoped that it can be expanded on in the future. 3 History The Tukang Besi people do not claim to be native to their area. The origin myths from Wanci relate that the ancestors of the modern Tukang Besi population arrived from across the ocean from the area of Palakarang to the south-west coast of Wanci. On arrival they found the island to be already inhabited by the people who built the stoneworks that can still be seen on the summit of Tindoi.

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