Abau language


Abau language

Infobox Language
name=Abau
states=Papua New Guinea
region=Sandaun
speakers=4,500–5,000
iso2=paa
iso3=aau
familycolor=Papuan
fam1=Sepik-Ramu
fam2=Sepik
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.

Phonology

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]

Notes

References

*citation
last=Laycock
first=D.C.
year=1965
journal=Oceanic Linguistics
title=Three Upper Sepik phonologies
volume=4
issue=1/2
pages=113-118

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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