Abau language

Abau language

Infobox Language
states=Papua New Guinea
fam3=Upper Sepik
script=Latin alphabet

Abau is a Papuan language spoken in the Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea, primarily along the shores of the Sepik River.

In 2002, there were estimated to be between 4,500 and 5,000 speakers, and this number does not appear to have declined since the first accurate count in the 1970s.


IPA|/ə/ appears only in medial positions. [harvcoltxt|Laycock|1965|p=116]

IPA|/r/ has several allophones: word-initially, it is IPA| [l] , after IPA|/n/ it is IPA| [d] , IPA| [r] intervocalically, and IPA| [t] or IPA| [ɺ] word-finally. IPA|/h/ becomes IPA| [ç] before IPA|/i/ and IPA| [ɸ] before IPA|/u/. Plosives are voiced when following nasal consonants. [harvcoltxt|Laycock|1965|p=116]



journal=Oceanic Linguistics
title=Three Upper Sepik phonologies

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=aau Ethnologue]
* [http://www.papuaweb.org/bib/hays/loc/ABAU.pdf Papuaweb] - a collection of source materials on Abau (PDF format)
* [http://www.sil.org/pacific/png/pubs/0000544/Abau_phonology.pdf Phonology Essentials - Abau Language] - paper by Arjen Lock on phonology of the language (PDF format)

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