Amele language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionMadang Province
Native speakers
(5,300 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3aey

Amele (Amele: Sona) is a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea. Dialects are Huar, Jagahala and Haija.

Amele is notable for having 32 possessive classes.[3]


Amele has only 5 vowels: /i, ɛ, æ, u, ɔ/.[4]

Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop voiceless t k ʔ
voiced b d g
Fricative f s ʝ h
Nasal m n
Approximant l


  1. ^ Amele at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Amele". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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  4. ^ Roberts, John R. (1987). Amele. London: Croom Helm. ISBN 0709942540. OCLC 14132880.

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