Abom language

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RegionPapua New Guinea
Native speakers
15 (2002)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
  • (unclassified)
    • Abom
Language codes
ISO 639-3aob
Abom language.svg
Map: The Abom language of New Guinea
  The Abom language (located bottom center, to the west of the gulf)
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

Abom is a nearly extinct language spoken in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. According to a 2002 census, only 15 people still speak this language, all elderly.

It was once classified as a divergent Tirio language, but it turns out not only to not be Tirio, but to not belong to the Anim languages that Tirio is a branch of.

All of the speakers are older adults. Middle-aged adults have some understanding of it, but no children speak or understand Abom.


  1. ^ Abom at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Abom". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.


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