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.
1 —» —> Jjji'sara] ['sama], ['t/amatJ 'say' 'district officer' Extra-phonemic issues Extra-phonemic sounds Not all of the sounds heard from Wanci speakers conform to all of these conventions, sounds in the class of interjections or imitatory noises. 1 Phonotactics The canonical form of a root is disyllabic, and each syllable consists of: S -> (C)V The language will obviously allow no phonemic consonant clusters or final consonants, but will allow vowel clusters. This analysis is facilitated by the analysis of complex phonetic units such as [mp] as unitary pre-nasalised phonemes; this may be justified on the grounds that there are no other unambiguous consonant clusters in Tukang Besi, and that the pre-nasalised series parallel the distribution of the regular stops: INITIAL MEDIAL peku beka meha mpa'ampa'a mbeaka 'backfist' 'cat' 'red' 'sea urchin' 'not' pepe kobe rame tumpe lembe 'slap' 'correct' 'loud, busy' 'first born' 'taut' tenda dahani nangu (kede) ntigi ndanga (ma) nsuana 'storage shelf 'to know' 'to swim on the surface' '(sit) squatting' 'jackfruit' Old (person)' letere pidi wini tinti pindi hansu '11 measure' 'rubbish' 'pull on line (fish)' 'run' 'firm excrement' 'heavy chopping sword' kaluku gai ngaa ngkaru nggala 'ripe coconut' 'hook, pull' 'name' 'carry' 'to be exactly as' motika baga anga kangkau dinggawi 'hard' 'cheek' 'gills of fish' 'crow' 'yesterday' Further support of the unitary analysis of the prenasalised sequences is in their treatment in reduplicated words.
A Grammar of Tukang Besi by Mark Donohue