Foau language

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Region New Guinea
Native speakers
350 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 flh
Glottolog foau1240[2]

The Foau language, Abawiri, also known as Doa, is a Lakes Plain language of Papua, Indonesia. Clouse tentatively included Abawiri and neighboring Taburta in an East Lakes Plain subgroup of the Lakes Plain family;[3] however, since only very minimal data was available on the languages at that time,[4] the position of Abawiri and Taburta within the Lakes Plain family remains tentative.

Abawiri is notable for its lack of nasal consonants: there are no nasal or nasalized consonants or vowels, even allophonically. Like other Lakes Plain languages, the language is tonal.[5]


  1. ^ Foau at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Foau". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Clouse, Duane (1997). "Toward a reconstruction and reclassification of the Lakes Plain languages of Irian Jaya". Papers in Papuan Linguistics. 2: 133–236. 
  4. ^ Voorhoeve, Clemens L. (1975). Languages of Irian Jaya: checklist, preliminary classification, language maps, wordlists. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics Series B-31. 
  5. ^ Yoder, Brendon. 2016. The Abawiri tone system in typological perspective. Paper presented at the 8th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL8), 13–14 May 2016. London: SOAS.