Description : Komnzo [kˈʚ̆mndzɔː] is a member of the Yam language family (formely: Morehead Upper-Maro) spoken by around 200 people in the village of Rouku. Komnzo is the eastern-most variety of the Tonda subgroup.
The current edition of Ethnologue classifies Komnzo as a dialect of Wára (iso-code: tci) together with Anta and Wèré. Although lexical comparison confirms this assumption, there are marked differences in both lexicon and morphological forms between Komnzo and the neighboring varieties. Further research is needed to verify this classifiation.
The linguistic ideology of the Morehead Region emphasizes the connection between place and language and fosters a high emblematicity small linguistic differences. From a local perspective, each of the four varieties - Wára, Komnzo, Anta and Wèré - are considered to be languages in their own right.
This text corpus was collected by Christian Döhler on 5 fieldtrips between 2010 and 2015 with the help of the people of Rouku. The texts/session nodes are sorted chronologically.