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Some of the many languages from Papua New Guinea

Some of the languages have been lost -- Lost Languages of PNG

See also http://www.ethnologue.com/show_map.asp?name=PG

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Central Abau Magi Keapara Daga Sona      
Goilala Fuyuge Taude Kunimaipa        
Hiri Motu Koiari Koita        
Kairuku Roro Nara Mekeo Kuni      
Rigo Sinagoro Keapara Maria        
 
Chimbu (Simbu) Chuave Elimbari Chuave Siane-Komunku Lambau      
Gembogl (Kuman Nagane)            
Gumine Golin Salt-Yui Yuri Kia Keri Era Nomane
Karimui Mikaru Daribi Pawaia Bomai        
Kerowagi Kuman Kombugl          
Kundiawa Kuman Dom Naur Narku Nongumugl    
Sinasina Tabare Guna          
 
East New Britain Kokopo Kuanua Baining          
Pomio Mengen Mamusi Kol Baining      
Rabaul Kuanua Duke of York Baining        
 
East Sepik Ambunti Iwam Kwoma Manambu Chambri      
Angoram Iatmul Angorarn Kambot Banaro      
Maprik Abelam Abulas Kwanga Southern Arapesh        
Wewak Boiken Sawos Mountain Arapesh Kairiru      
 
Eastern Highlands Goroka Gahuku-Asaro Benabena Siane        
Henganofi Kamano            
Kainantu Gadsup Agarabi Tairora        
Lufa Kamano-Yagaria Gimi          
Marawaka Baruya Sirnbari Yagwoia        
Okapa Fore Gimi Auyana        
 
Enga Kandep Enga (Kandepe) Katinjav          
Kompiam Enga (Sau Kopona) Wapi Lembena        
Lagaip Enga (Tayato Yandapo) Nete          
Porgera Ipili Hewa          
Wabag Enga Mai Kaina Malamuni      
Wapenamanda Enga Layapo Kopona        
 
Gulf Baimuru Purari Pawaia          
Ihu Orokolo Keuru          
Kaintiba Hamtai Kaintiba            
Kerema Uaripi            
Kikori North-eastern Kiwai Kerewo Podope Porome      
Malalaua Toaripi Hamtai Pmasa'a          
 
Madang Bogia Manam Mikarew Katiati Tangu Tani    
Karkar Takia Waskia          
Madang Amele Gedaged Mugil Garuh Garusv    
Middle Ramu Kalam Rao Kobon Maring      
Rai Coast Nahu Rawa Mebu Nankina      
Upper Ramu Gende Girawa Rawa Sumau      
 
Milne Bay Alotau Kehelala Taupota Tavara Bohutu Wagawaga    
Bolubolu Iduna Bwaidoka          
Esa'ala Dobu Duau Molima        
Losuia Kilivila Muyuw          
Misima Misima Yele Sud-est        
Rabaraba Gwedena Dawawa Gapapaiwa Maiwa Wedau    
Samarai Suau Kehelala Tubetube        
 
Morobe Finschhafen Kate (Kote) Kube The spelling of Kote uses non-English characters, however the “o” is an “a” with a caret above        
Garaina Guhu-Samane Biaru-Waria Gazili        
Huon Bukawac Nabak Wampar        
Kabwum Kimba Timbe Selepet        
Kaiapit Adzera Wantoat Safeyoka        
Menyamya Menya Hamtai Yagwoia        
Mumeng Mumeng Mapos          
Siassi Kovai Mutu Mangap        
Wau Hamtai Biangi          
 
New Ireland Kavieng Tigak Nalik Kara        
Konos Madak Tabar Notsi        
Lihir Lihir            
Mussau Emira Emira-Mussau            
Namatanai Tangga Patpatar          
New Hanover Tungak            
 
North Solomons Buin Buin Siwai Nagovisi Banoni      
Buka Halia Teop Solos Nehen      
Kieta Nasioi Rotokas Eivo       least number of letters in any alphabet in the world.
 
Oro (Northern) Afore Managalasi Yareba Bauwaki        
Ioma Binandere Aeka          
Kira Guhu-samane            
Kokoda Hunjara Barai Aomie Mt Koiari      
Popondetta Orokaiva Notu Ambasi        
Tufi Korafe Arifamia-Miniafia Maisin Baruga      
 
Southern Highlands Ialibu Kewa Imbong'gu Wiru        
Kagua Kewa Sau Wiru Podopa      
Koroba Duna Huli Hewa        
Mendi Angal (Mendi)            
Nipa Angal Foi Fasu        
Pangia Wiru            
Tari Huli Kaluli          
 
West New Britain Bialla Nakanai Melamela          
Gloucester Kaliai Mok-Aria-Bibling Kilenge Bariai - Alt=Kabana      
Kandrian Arawe Moewehafen Pulie Rauto      
Kirnbe Bali-Witu Bola Kove-Kaliai Mok-Aria      
 
West Sepik
(Sandaun)
Aitape Sissano Olo Warapu Mountain Arapesh      
Amanab Abau Amanab Waris Anggor      
Lumi Olo An Namie        
Nuku Kwanga Mehek Au Yil      
Telefomin Oksapmin Telefol Tifal Mianmin      
Vanimo Fas Kilmeri Vanimo        
 
Western Highlands Hagen Central Melpa Gawigl          
Hagen North Melpa Enga Kayaka          
Jimi Ganja Narak Maring Kalam      
Tarnbul Gawigl            
Wahgi Wahgi            
 
Western Balimo Gogodala Bamu Kiwai Ari-Waruna Waia      
Daru Southern Kiwai Wabuda Bine Gidra Idi    
Kiunga Awol Ninggirurn          
Morehead Idi Nambu Lewanda Suki Tonda    
Nomad Biami Nomad Boazi Pa Zimakani    
Tabubil Bimin Faiwol          
 

Which language or group of languages has the shortest alphabet? - Rotokas from the North Solomons. This is in fact the shortest of all languages in the world with 11 letters. These 11 are made up of 5 vowels and 6 consonants: A, E, I, O, U, B, G, K, P, R, T. It is spoken by about 4300 people.



The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) deals with over 285 of the PNG languages.
Please visit a page on this web site about the work of SIL

A preliminary language study by Dr Richard Guy

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