Foia Foia language

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Foia Foia
Minanibai
Native to Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
180 (2000 census)[1]
300 Minanibai reported 1980[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Dialects
  • Mahigi
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
ffi – Foia Foia
mcv – Minanibai
Glottolog mina1274  (Minanibai)[2]
mahi1249  (Mahigi)[3]

Foia Foia (Foyafoya), or Minanibai,[4] is a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea, spoken in an area near Omati River mouth in Ikobi Kairi and Goaribari Census districts (Gulf Province).

Phonology[edit]

Foia Foia vowels[edit]

Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open ä <ā> ɑ <a>

Foia Foia consonants[edit]

Labial Labiodental Alveolar Velar Glottal
Voiceless stop p t k ʔ <ʼ>
Voiced stop b d g
Voiceless fricative ɸ <f> f s h
Approximant w l

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Foia Foia at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
    Minanibai at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Minanibai". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mahigi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices