Nete language

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RegionEast Sepik Province
Native speakers
1,000 (2000–2003)[1]
  • North Engan
    • Nete
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
net – Nete
bir – Bisorio
bic – Bikaru (spurious)

Nete, also known as Bisorio, Malamauda, or Iniai, is an Engan language spoken in Papua New Guinea.


Glottolog classifies Nete and Bisorio as two languages within Outer Engan, a divergent group situated northward across the Central Range from the main Engan-speaking area, located in Enga Province. Bikaru, spoken at the head of the Korosamen River adjacent to the Nete dialect-speaking area, has been described as a dialect of Bisorio.[3]


Villages where Nete is spoken include Malaumanda, Anamanda, Lodon, Onge, Kasakali, Takop, Hulipa, Yaipo, Bake, Nai, Onon, Limbia and Menagus.[4]


  1. ^ Nete at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Bisorio at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Bikaru (spurious) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Outer Enga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "SIL Map of East Sepik area languages".
  4. ^ "PNGDEV NEWS CONTENTS:". Anglicare PNG INC Blogpage. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2017-11-16.

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