Dusner language

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Native toWest Papua, Indonesia
RegionCenderawasih Bay
Native speakers
3 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3dsn

Dusner is a language spoken in the village of Dusner in the province of Papua, Indonesia. Dusner is highly endangered, and has been reported to have just three remaining speakers.[3][1][4]

In 2011, researchers from Oxford University's Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics began a project to document the vocabulary and grammar of the language, in collaboration with UNIPA (State University of Papua) and UNCEN (Cenderawasih University, Papua).[5][6] The project outputs were a vocabulary, a published grammar,[3] and a website documenting the language.


The phoneme invertory of Dusner consists of five vowels and 19 consonants (five of which are only attested in loanwords from Indonesian/Papuan Malay).[3]

front back
high i u
mid e o
low a
labial alveolar postalveolar palatal velar pharyngeal
plosives p b t d k g
affricates ( t͡ʃ ) ( d͡ʒ )
fricatives β s ( h )
nasal stops m n ( ɲ ) ŋ
liquids r ( l )
glides w j

(Phonèmes in parenthèses in the table are only attested in loanwords from Papuan Malay)

There is no tone in the language. The phonology of the language has a high number of complex syllable onsets, some of them countervening the Sonority Sequencing Principle.



  1. ^ a b Malvern, Jack (21 April 2011). "Last few speakers of Indonesian language Dusner nearly wiped out by flood, volcano". The Australian. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Dusner". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b c d e Dalrymple, Mary; Mofu, Suriel (2012). Dusner. LINCOM Europa. ISBN 9783862882786.
  4. ^ "April 21, 2011: articles on the Dusner language, spoken by 3 last speakers. « Sorosoro". SOROSORO: So the languages of the world may live on!. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  5. ^ Richard Alleyne (2011-04-21). "Oxford University mission to save a language spoken by three people". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  6. ^ "Multimodal language documentation for Dusner, an endangered language of Papua". University of Oxford, Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics. Retrieved 2013-02-08.

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