|Region||West Papua, Eipo River|
|unknown (3,000 cited 1987)|
Eipo is a Mek language of the eastern highlands of West Papua. It spoken by the Eipo people who live along the Eipo River. A large percentage of its vocabulary is shared with Una and Tanime, and they form one dialect area.
Eipo exhibits the following 16 phonemic consonants:
|Tap or flap||ɾ|
Eipo has five phonemic vowels:
Diphthongs are not regarded as separate phonemes.
Eipo is generally isolating language, but exhibits an elaborate system of agglutination in verb formation.
The usual word order of Eipo is subject-object-verb (SOV).
Eipo is not historically a written language, but in recent decades a Latin alphabet has been devised for it. The letter values are mostly those of the IPA letters given above, with the exceptions of /β/ ⟨w⟩, /ŋ/ ⟨ng⟩, /ɾ/ ⟨r⟩, and /j/ ⟨y⟩.
- Heeschen, Volker (1998). An Ethnographic Grammar of the Eipo Language (spoken in the central mountains of Irian Jaya (West New Guinea), Indonesia). Berlin: Reimer.
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