Ajië language

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Ajië
RegionHouailou, New Caledonia
Native speakers
5,400 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3aji
Glottologajie1238[2]

Ajië (also known as Houailou (Wailu), Wai, and A'jie) is an Oceanic language spoken in New Caledonia. It has approximately 4,000 speakers.

Phonology[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
nor. lab. nor. lab.
Stop voiceless p t c k (ʔ)
voiced b d ɟ ɡ ɡʷ
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Fricative v ɣ
Rhotic r, r̃, (rh)
Approximant j w

A glottal stop, only appears after oral vowels. Different speakers may realize /v/ as a bilabial sound /β/.

Vowels[edit]

Front Central Back
High i ɯ u
High-mid e ə o
Low-mid ɛ ʌ ɔ
Low a

Nasal vowels[edit]

Front Central Back
High ĩ ɯ̃ ũ
High-mid ə̃ õ
Low-mid ɛ̃ ʌ̃ ɔ̃
Low ã

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ajië at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ajie". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ de La Fontinelle, Jacqueline (1976). La langue de Houailou, Nouvelle-Calédonie: description phonologique et description syntaxique. Peeters Publishers.