Foi language

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Not to be confused with Iau language.
Region Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
(2,800 cited 1980)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 foi
Glottolog foii1241[2]

Foi (Foe) is a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea. Dialects are Ifigi, Kafa, Kutubu, Mubi.

Pronouns are:

sg du pl
1 na ya'a
2 na'a haga'a ha'a
3 yo ha'a ya'a

*Ya'a is exclusive, yage inclusive. It's not clear if a reported minimal distinction in the plural between inclusive "yia" and exclusive "yiya" is real.


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