Foau language

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RegionNew Guinea
Native speakers
350 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3flh

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] due to the minimal data that was available on the languages at that time.[4] With more data, the connection looks more secure.

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


  1. ^ Foau at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Foau". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: 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.