Huli language

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Region Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Ethnicity Huli people
Native speakers
150,000 (2011)[1]
Latin script (Huli alphabet)
Huli Braille
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hui
Glottolog huli1244[2]

Huli is a Trans–New Guinea language spoken by the Huli people of the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. It features a pentadecimal (base-15) numeral system: ngui means 15, ngui ki means 15×2 = 30, and ngui ngui means 15×15 = 225.



Bilabial Alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d k g
Fricative ʝ h
Nasal m n ŋ
Lateral ɭ
Trill r
Approximant w


Front Back
Close i ĩ u ũ
Mid e ẽ o õ
Open ɑ ɑ̃



  1. ^ Huli at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Huli". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Organised Phonology Data: Huli Language [HUI] Southern Highlands Province (PDF). 1992. 
  • Lomas, Gabe (1988). The Huli language of Papua New Guinea. PhD Thesis, Macquarie University. 

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