Grand Valley Dani language
|Grand Valley Dani|
|Region||Highlands of Irian Jaya|
|(90,000 cited 1990–1996)|
dni – Lower
dnt – Mid
dna – Upper
hap – Hupla
Dialectical differentiation is great enough that Ethnologue assigns separate codes to three varieties:
- Mid or Central, also known as Tulem
Lower Grand Valley Dani contains subdialects Lower Grand Valley Hitigima (Dani-Kurima, Kurima), Upper Bele, Lower Bele, Lower Kimbin (Kibin), and Upper Pyramid. Hupla, traditionally considered a separate language, is closer to Lower Grand Valley than the varieties of Grand Valley Dani are to each other.
The Dani language differentiates only two basic colours, mili for cool/dark shades such as blue, green, and black, and mola for warm/light colours such as red, yellow, and white. This trait makes it an interesting field of research for language psychologists, such as Eleanor Rosch, investigating the Whorf hypothesis.
- Lower at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Mid at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Upper at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Hupla at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Grand Valley Dani". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Compare Lani
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