Ankave language

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Region Kerema District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
(1,600 cited 1987)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
  • Angan
    • Angan proper
      • Ankave
Language codes
ISO 639-3 aak
Glottolog anka1246[2]
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Ankave or Angave is a Papuan language spoken by the approximately 1,600 (as of 1987)[3] Angave people in Kerema District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.



Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e ə o
Low ɑ

Diphthongs: /iɑ eɑ ɑi oɑ/


Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop Voiceless p t k ʔ
Voiced prenasalised ᵐb ⁿd ᵑɡ
Affricate Voiced prenasalised ⁿdz
Nasal m n ŋ
Flap ɾ
Fricative Voiceless s x
Approximant j w

Writing system[edit]

An orthography using the Latin script has been developed for Angave, but less than 5% of its speakers are literate.[3]

A a B b D d E e G g I i Ɨ ɨ J j K k X x M m
/ɑ/ /ᵐb/ /ⁿd/ /e/ /ɡ/ /i/ /ə/ /ⁿdz/ /k/ /x/ /m/
N n Ŋ ŋ O o P p R r S s T t U u W w Y y ´
/n/ /ŋ/ /o/ /p/ /ɾ/ /s/ /t/ /u/ /w/ /j/ /ʔ/


  1. ^ Ankave at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Ankave". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ a b Ethnologue.

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