'Auhelawa language

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’Auhelawa
Kurada
Region Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
1,200  (1998)[1]
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kud
Glottolog auhe1237[2]
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’Auhelawa is an Austronesian language found in Nuakata Island and the southeastern tip of Normanby Island in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. It was spoken by about 1,200 people in 1998, 30% of whom were monolingual in the language.

The literacy rate for first language speakers is 85%, and is also 85% for second language users. There are translated Bible portions into the language from 1986–1993.

’Auhelawa examples[edit]

A: Auge, yauwedo. Haidova u lalau? (My friend, hello. Where are you going?)

B: Ya lalau oyai. Yagu oya vauvauna ya tudai. Owa haidova u lau? (I am going to the garden. I dig my new garden. Where did you go?)

A: Ya dobi gogowai yada bada ehebo ya ita. Teina gona sabate mata yana vada vauvauna ya abi. (I went down to the village to see one of our uncles. Next week I will build his new house.)

B: Yau dova nuwanuwagu yada bada ya hagui. Ebe u dobi u vada abi, u lauma u vaigau ta dobi ta paihowa. (I also want to help our uncle. When you go down to housebuild, you come and get me and we go down and work.)

A: Ausala. Mata ta itago. (Good. We will see you.)

Phonology[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Front Back
High i u
Mid ɛ ɔ
Low a

Consonants[edit]

Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plain Labialized Plain Labialized Plain Labialized Plain Labialized
Stop Voiceless p t (k) ʔ ʔʷ
Voiced b d ɡ ɡʷ
Nasal m n
Fricative Voiceless s h
Voiced β
Approximant j ɥ
Lateral approximant l

/k/ occurs only in loanwords.

Writing system[edit]

’Auhelawa is written in the Latin script. About 85% of the population is literate.

A a B b Bw bw D d E e G g Gw gw H h I i K k L l M m Mw mw
/a/ /b/ /bʷ/ /d/ /ɛ/ /ɡ/ /ɡʷ/ /h/ /i/ /k/ /l/ /m/ /mʷ/
N n O o P p Pw pw S s T t U u V v W w Y y ’W ’w
/n/ /ɔ/ /p/ /pʷ/ /s/ /t/ /u/ /β/ /ɥ/ /j/ /ʔ/ /ʔʷ/

References[edit]

  1. ^ ’Auhelawa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "'Auhelawa". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.